CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/3/2019 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/3/2019 Mon.)

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04:36, June 03, 2019


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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China publishes white paper on trade consultations, revealing US backtracking


China published a white paper Sunday denouncing US unilateral and protectionist measures, criticizing its backtracking on Sino-US trade talks, and demonstrating China's stance on trade consultations and pursuit of reasonable solutions.

The white paper, "China's Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations," was issued by the State Council Information Office.

Besides a preface and a conclusion, the 8,300-character white paper devotes three sections to elaborate on the damages of the trade frictions provoked by the United States, the US backtracking on its commitment in the consultations, and China's commitment to credible consultations based on equality and mutual benefit. (Xinhua)

China issues commemorative coin featuring pandas


China's central bank issued a panda-featured silver coin on Thursday to commemorate the 2019 FIP General World Stamp Exhibition.

The silver coin will be legal tender in China, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website.

The front side of the coin features the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the highlight structure of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, along with the country name, year of issuance and the Chinese name of the exhibition.

A mother-and-son pair of pandas is on the reverse side of the coin, together with the English name of the exhibition, the PBOC said.

The silver coin, which is 40 millimeters in diameter, contains 30 grams of silver and is a worth about $1 dollar and 45 cents (10 yuan)). (Xinhua)

Algeria cancels presidential elections scheduled for July


The Algerian Constitutional Council announced Sunday the country will not hold its presidential elections on July 4 as previously scheduled.

The council said in a statement that the files submitted by the two candidates in May had been rejected for failing to meet the requirements.

Algeria has been plagued by widespread protests since February, which forced former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign on April 2, and led to the cancellation of the presidential elections first scheduled for April 18.

Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah shall retain his position until a new president is elected and sworn into office. (CGTN)

US Justice Dept. preparing antitrust probe of Google


The US Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google’s business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports.

The search giant was fined a record $2.72 billion dollars by European regulators in 2017 for abusing its dominance of the online search market.

In the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted an antitrust investigation into Google but closed it in 2013 without taking action.

Now the Department of Justice has undertaken an antitrust probe of the company’s search engine and other businesses, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Bloomberg News.

Google so far has declined making any comments. (AP)

4 injured after cruise ship slams boat in Venice


A towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday, injuring four tourists.

The collision happened about 8:30 am as the cruise ship, apparently unable to stop, blared its horn as it slammed into a river boat and dock with dozens of bystanders fleeing the scene.  

The safety of big ships in European cities was highlighted last week after a cruise liner hit a pleasure boat on the Danube in Budapest, killing 7 people, and leaving 21 missing and presumably dead. (AP-CGTN)

Indian rescuers search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas


An Indian rescue team has been sent to search for eight climbers who were trying to climb the summit of Nanda Devi, the second-highest peak in India, who were probably hit by a large avalanche, two government officials said.

The officials said the missing include climbers from Britain, the US, Australia, and India.

Rescue efforts began Saturday when the climbers failed to return to base camp. (CGTN)

Brazil star Neymar accused of rape


Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar bas been accused of raping a woman in France last month, according to Brazilian police.

The incident allegedly took place in a Paris hotel on May 15, according to a report filed with police in Sao Paulo on Friday.

According to the woman's testimony to police, Neymar paid for her to fly from Sao Paulo to Paris after meeting her on Instagram.

The woman said that Neymar booked her into a suite at the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, where the alleged offense occurred.

Neymar's father has strongly denied the accusation and said it was an attempt to extort his son. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Black within, red without, with four corners, round about. What is it?

(Answer: A chimney.)

Today’s quote is from American writer Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915).

"Initiative is doing the right things without being told."

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

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