CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/1/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/1/2019 Mon.)

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04:58, July 01, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China opens more sectors to foreign investment with new negative lists

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China on Sunday rolled out revised negative lists for foreign investment market access, introducing greater opening-up and allowing foreign investors to run majority-share-controlling or wholly-owned businesses in more sectors.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) released two negative lists of 2019.

The two lists, one for the piloted free trade zones (FTZ) and one for the rest of the country, contain fewer access-limiting measures. Pilot FTZs now have 37 listed items for foreign investors, down from 45, while non-FTZ areas are required to implement 40 items instead of 48.

They will go into effect on July 30. (Xinhua)

US President Trump, DPRK leader Kim meet in Panmunjom, pledge to restart talks

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US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Sunday met at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.

Trump, who arrived in South Korea Saturday night after attending the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Japan, held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday morning, then went to Panmunjom by helicopter around noon.

Together with Kim, Trump crossed the MDL into the DPRK side of Panmunjom, becoming the first sitting US president to set foot in the DPRK territory.

Trump told reporters the US and the DPRK would set up teams, with the US team led by Stephen Biegun, special representative for DPRK affairs, to resume the stalled denuclearization talks in two to three weeks. (Xinhua)

4 Chinese tourists injured after bus overturns in Thailand

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The Consulate General of China in Thailand confirmed Saturday that four Chinese tourists were wounded after a bus carrying 12 Chinese overturned in Chiang Mai Province Saturday afternoon.

The Chinese travelers are from Guangzhou, and among the injured one suffered severe injuries, the consulate general said, adding however, their injuries were not fatal.

They are receiving treatment at a local hospital in Chiang Mai. (Xinhua)

President Widodo officially declared winner of Indonesia's poll

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Indonesia's general election commission or KPU on Sunday officially declared the pair of incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin as the winner of the April 17 presidential poll.

The commission also said the pair secured 55.5 percent of the total votes.

The pair will be sworn in on October 20, according to the commission. (Xinhua)

NBA star James Harden stopped by traffic police in Shanghai

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NBA superstar James Harden, who is on the latest stop of his China promotional tour, caused quite a commotion in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when he rode down the street on an electric scooter with his friends, and got pulled over by traffic police for breaking local road regulations.

Later that evening, the Houston Rockets shooting guard issued an apology on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform, saying that he was "just trying to enjoy the city as much as possible," and "would like to apologize for violating traffic rules." (CGTN)

London's iconic Tower Bridge celebrates 125th anniversary

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London's iconic Tower Bridge celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday with exhibitions and special offers.

Officially opened to the public on June 30, 1894, the bridge has become the defining landmark of the British capital.

Standing at 65 meters and stretching 244 meters, it is crossed by more than 40,000 pedestrians and 21,000 vehicles daily, according to a press release from Tower Bridge officials. (Xinhua)

'Spider-Man: Far from Home' tops Chinese mainland box office

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"Spider-Man: Far from Home," the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, continued to top the Chinese mainland box office Saturday, the China Movie Data Information Network said Sunday.

The sequel to the 2017 film "Spider-Man: Homecoming" collected over $35 million dollars in ticket sales, accounting for nearly 79 percent of the Chinese mainland total box office revenue.

The Oscar-winning Japanese film "Spirited Away" ranked second by grossing more than $4 million dollars, despite its huge gap with the Marvel blockbuster. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The ancient town of Syracuse was on which island?

(Answer: Sicily.)

Today’s quote is from Greek poet Euripides (480 BC - 406 BC).

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."

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

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