CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/21/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/21/2019 Fri.)

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05:32, June 21, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China ready to join DPRK for brighter future of ties, regional peace, prosperity: Xi


Beijing is willing to join Pyongyang in opening up a bright future for bilateral ties, and lasting peace and common prosperity in the region, said Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president.

Xi made the remarks Thursday at a welcome banquet held by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The two countries, said Xi, have jointly drawn a plan for a bright future of bilateral ties, and reached a streak of major consensus at his fruitful meeting with Kim, adding that the two sides agreed that China and the DPRK need to unswervingly pass down their traditional friendship from generation to generation, and continue writing new chapters of the times.

For his part, Kim said Xi's ongoing visit has turned a new and splendid page in the DPRK-China friendship, adding that he and Xi just had an in-depth exchange of views on further strengthening the DPRK-China friendship and bilateral cooperation in the new era and have reached important consensus. (Xinhua) 

China-made carbon fiber train finishes trial run

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China's carbon fiber subway train, which is lighter, faster and more energy efficient, recently completed a test run in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, signaling the coming of new subway technology.

The carbon fiber vehicle is expected to conduct tests on subway lines in various Chinese cities, according to the CRRC Qingdao Sifang.

The statement said the train has a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour and could be operated automatically. (Global Times) 

Johnson, Hunt go head-to-head to be UK's next prime minister


Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his successor as foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt emerged Thursday as the two politicians in the final battle to become Britain's next Prime Minister.

They were the winners in the fifth and final vote among 313 Conservative MPs to choose a party leader to succeed Theresa May.

The party leader will automatically become the next occupant at 10 Downing Street in July.

The focus next week will be on the 160,000 grassroots Conservative Party members across Britain who will vote on whether Johnson or Hunt should become their new leader. (Xinhua) 

At least 10 injured by multiple shooters outside Pennsylvania nightclub


At least ten people were injured by multiple shooters who opened fire outside a nightclub in Allentown, Pennsylvania, early Thursday morning, authorities said. 

Several people opened fire shortly before 2 am outside of the nightclub,  Allentown Police said in a statement. 

"This does not appear to be an indiscriminate shooting; it appears that at least one individual was a target," the statement read, without providing further details. (Xinhua) 

Boeing relocates Space and Launch headquarters to Florida

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US aerospace giant Boeing said Wednesday it is moving its Space and Launch headquarters from its current base in Arlington, Virginia to Titusville, Florida. 

Boeing cited several reasons for the relocation of the headquarters for Space and Launch including proximity to existing facilities such as the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base. (Xinhua) 

Gun 'that ended Van Gogh's life' sells for nearly triple estimate

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The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros at a Paris auction on Wednesday -- nearly three times the estimate. 

Billed as "the most famous weapon in the history of art,” the rusty 7mm Lefaucheux revolver was bought by a private collector with a telephone bid. 

The troubled Dutch painter died in July 1890 and experts believe he shot himself with the revolver in a field near Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris. 

Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in the same field, the gun has previously been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. (AFP) 

21 rare wild horses born in China's Xinjiang


Twenty-one foals of the rare Przewalski's horses have been born in the wild in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since this spring, conservationists have said, pointing to a steady recovery of the species that was extinct in China. 

The Przewalski's horse, named after its Russian discoverer, is an endangered species native to the desert grassland of Central Asia. It is considered the only wild horse in existence today. 

The latest data from the Xinjiang Wild Horse Breeding and Research Center said the horse population in Xinjiang and neighboring Gansu Province, its only two habitats in China, has exceeded 500. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What did Joseph Priesley discover in 1774?

(Answer: Oxygen.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.

"Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Elaine Yue Lin and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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