CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/17/2018 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/17/2018 Tue.)

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06:28, July 17, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Chinese president eyes closer China-EU partnership

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, calling for closer partnership between China and the European Union (EU).

"China and the EU are both builders of world peace, contributors to global development and defenders of the international order," Xi said when meeting with Tusk and Juncker at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

As two major markets and civilizations of today's world, China and Europe should firmly advance their partnership and instill more stability and positive energy into the international community, Xi said.

Hailing the significance of the EU-China comprehensive strategic cooperation, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk expressed their gratitude for China's support for European integration.

They said that the EU was willing to expand cooperation with China and step up communication and coordination with China in international affairs.

Both the EU and China are committed to multilateralism, upholding the rule-based international order, handling international relations on the basis of mutual respect, and improving multilateral trade system through multilateral consultations, according to the EU leaders. (Xinhua)

China files additional WTO complaint on US tariffs

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China lodged an additional complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday over tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods implemented by the US based on a trade investigation against China under Section 301, the Ministry of Commerce said in an online statement.

“Trade imbalances does not mean unfairness,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said, noting that in today’s era when countries are interdependent, protectionism cannot protect itself, and unilateralism will only harm others. (People’s Daily app)

Putin says Russia has never interfered with US elections

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The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Putin made the remarks at a press conference after meeting his US counterpart Donald Trump, who was also present to answer reporters' questions.

Putin also denied the accusation that Donald Trump colluded with Russia in the presidential campaign in 2016.

"Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is nonsense." Putin said, "There's no evidence when it comes to the actual facts, we have to be guided by facts not by rumors."

Trump said he directly addressed alleged meddling by Russia with Putin, feeling the message was "best delivered in person" and they “spent a great deal of time" talking about the subject.

Trump repeated Putin's denials about involvement in the election, saying "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be."

Death toll in Pakistan suicide bombing rises to 149

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The death toll in a suicide bombing that targeted an election campaign rally in the Mastung district of Pakistan on Friday rose to 149, local media and officials said on Monday.

The deputy commissioner for Mastung district confirmed the number of casualties and that at least 186 people were injured in the blast.

He said the deceased include nine children, and that 70 people are still under treatment at the hospital, with five in critical condition.

The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack. (People’s Daily app - Xinhua)

China to regulate tax payments in film industry

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China's tax authority said Friday it had ordered local authorities to reinforce tax compliance in the film and television industry.

Companies and personnel in the sector should honestly declare and pay due taxes as required by law, the State Administration of Taxation said in a statement.

It said the industry should stick to the actual amount when value-added tax invoices are issued and must not issue or let others issue invoices for a false amount.

The administration also asked for strict implementation of tax preference policies and measures to support the healthy development of the film sector through tax management and services, the statement said. (Xinhua)

France's World Cup-winning team leaves Russia: Air France

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France's World Cup-winning squad left Moscow on Monday to return home to a heroes' welcome in Paris, Air France said.

The plane carrying France's players took off from Sheremetyevo airport after they had travelled from their base in Istra outside the Russian capital.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's final to win the trophy for the second time. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which state did the United States purchase from Russia?

Alaska (1867).

Today’s quote is from Spanish Philosopher George Santayana.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 (Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Terry Guanlin Li, and Raymond Mendoza)

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