CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/23/2019 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/23/2019 Sun.)

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03:57, June 23, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China's pilot free trade zones attract 34,000 foreign enterprises

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China's 11 pilot free trade zones (FTZ) have attracted 34,000 foreign enterprises since the first was established in Shanghai over five years ago, a new report shows.

Within the period, the zones saw over 600,000 newly-established enterprises in total, according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) with the Ministry of Commerce.

The zones have attracted 12 percent of the country's foreign investment inflow and generated 12 percent of China's imports and exports since September 2013. (Xinhua)

Huawei sues US Commerce Department for equipment seizure

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China's tech giant Huawei filed a lawsuit on Friday against the US Department of Commerce over its unlawful seizure of Huawei's telecommunication gear shipped to the United States for testing.

The court filing showed that Huawei shipped several pieces of telecommunications equipment, including a computer server and an Ethernet switch from China, to an independent testing lab in California to undergo certification testing in 2017.

In September that year, the US government seized the equipment in Anchorage, Alaska when they were being sent back to China, according to the filing.

Huawei said that it had been waiting for nearly two years for a decision by the US Commerce Department on whether the equipment can be moved back to China. (Xinhua)

At least 16 injured in Sichuan earthquake

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At least sixteen people were injured after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Gongxian County of Yibin City in southwest China's Sichuan Province, late Saturday night, local authorities said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10km, was monitored at 28.43 degrees north latitude and 104.77 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment, according to Gongxian's publicity department. (Xinhua)

ASEAN leaders agree to further promote culture

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Leaders from the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have adopted a statement on the ASEAN Culture Year 2019 in Bangkok.

According to the statement, the leaders agreed to proclaim 2019 the ASEAN Culture Year, to promote appreciation for ASEAN culture, respect for diversity and a greater sense of ASEAN identity as well as promote ASEAN culture internationally as a driver for creative industries, cultural tourism, and sustainable development. (Xinhua)

Airlines avoid Iran drone strike area after Iran downs US military drone

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Airlines re-routed flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners could be mistakenly attacked amid tensions between Tehran and Washington.

"The threat of a civil aircraft shootdown in southern Iran is real," warned OPSGROUP, a New York based company that advises airlines.

Iran had no immediate reaction to the US announcement. (CGTN)

China mounts fight against irregularities in cosmetic surgery

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China has stepped up efforts to crack down on cosmetic surgery violations, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).

A total of 1,219 criminal cases related to medical treatment and drug safety were handled and 1,899 suspects were detained by police in a campaign aimed at cracking down on violations in cosmetic surgery between May 2017 and April 2018, according to the NHC.

Seven government departments participated in the campaign. Health authorities inspected 40,878 medical organizations and dealt with 843 cases that violated laws and regulations. Thirty-one of the medical organizations were ordered to be suspended from service. (Xinhua)

Zuckerberg couple awards $68 mln to fund human cell-mapping project

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A company created by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Friday announced the awarding of $68 million to fund a global project to map all cells in the human body.

The Human Cell Atlas project has a goal of creating comprehensive reference maps of all human cells—the fundamental units of life—as a basis for both understanding human health and diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease.

The three-year grant will be shared by 38 teams from 20 countries and multiple disciplines that cover medicine, software engineering and computational biology. (Xinhua/China Plus)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What Dynasty was the predecessor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) in China?

Answer: Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

Today’s quote is from English author J. K. Rowling.  

"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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