CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/1/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/1/2019 Sat.)

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05:00, June 01, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People's Daily app.

Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China to establish a list of unreliable entities

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China will establish a list of unreliable entities based on relevant laws and regulations, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Foreign enterprises, organizations and individuals that do not comply with market rules, violate the spirit of contract, block or cut supplies to Chinese firms with non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be added to the list of unreliable entities, said Gao Feng, a spokesperson with the MOC.

Detailed measures will be announced soon, Gao said. (Xinhua) 

China to issue new versions of visas from June 1

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The exit-entry departments of China's public security authorities will start issuing new versions of visas and residence permits for foreigners from Saturday.

The documents already issued are still valid until their dates of expiry, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Friday.

The new versions of the documents are sticker-like papers based on the standards of the DOC9303 machine readable travel documents of the International Civil Aviation Organization, with application of multiple physical anti-counterfeit technologies. (Xinhua) 

Beijing ranked among the world's 10 top-performing cities

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Beijing has taken the ninth spot in a list of the world's top-performing cites, and Hangzhou and Suzhou have cracked the top 100 list for the first time, according to a report by the consultancy firm A.T. Kearney.

In its newly-issued 2019 Global Cities Report, the leading global management consulting firm assessed more than 130 global cities on their performance against 27 key metrics of business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.

New York, London, and Paris continue to maintain their decade-long dominance of the top three spots on the Global Cities Index. (China Plus) 

Hopes fade for finding 21 missing in Budapest boat disaster

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Hopes of finding survivors from one of Hungary's worst boating disasters were fading after a collision on the Danube left seven South Korean tourists dead and 21 others missing.

The Mermaid sightseeing boat capsized and sank in just seconds after colliding with a much larger river cruise ship on a busy stretch of the Danube river in the heart of Budapest in driving rain on Wednesday evening.

Thirty-five people were on board the Mermaid, most of them South Korean tourists.

The boat's captain and a crew member, both Hungarian, are also missing following the disaster in which only seven people aboard the Mermaid are known to have survived. (AFP) 

Dutchman held by IS-linked rebels killed in Philippines

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A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in the southern Philippines, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape.

Ewold Horn had been held since 2012 by the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and was fatally wounded as soldiers fought a 90-minute gun battle with the jihadists on their stronghold, Jolo island.

The Dutch foreign ministry said that it was investigating the exact circumstances of his death. (AFP) 

First China-made Tesla booked in 3 min

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US electric car maker Tesla priced its China-made Model 3 vehicles from 328,000 yuan ($47,529) on Friday, according to a report from wallstreetcn.com.

The first pre-order for Tesla Model 3 was completed in just three minutes after registration started on Friday morning, according to the official Sina Weibo account of Tesla. The official website of Tesla even crashed due to heavy traffic.

Expected delivery time of the Model 3 is six to 10 months, according to Tesla. (China Daily) 

95 ancient tombs found in Tsinghua University campus

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A total of 95 ancient tombs have been discovered in the campus of a prestigious university in Beijing.

The tombs, believed to belong to civilians of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), were found in an area where a new building was to be constructed in Tsinghua University.

So far, excavation work on 16 tombs has been completed, and archaeologists are still working on the rest. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The higher I climb, the hotter I engage, I cannot escape my crystal cage. What am I?

(Answer: Mercury in a thermometer.)

Today's quote is from English writer John Ruskin (1819-1900).

"Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, Elaine Yue Lin and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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