CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/27/2019 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/27/2019 Sat.)

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05:50, July 27, 2019



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors. 

Xi calls for new advances in veterans affairs


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for efforts to break new ground in the work concerning veterans’ affairs.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while meeting with representatives who are in Beijing to attend a national conference on the work of veterans’ affairs.

The conference awarded 401 model veterans. It also awarded 91 organizations and 76 individuals for their outstanding work in veteran affairs. (Xinhua)

American Farm Bureau Federation urges trade dispute resolutions


The American Farm Bureau Federation said Thursday that continuing trade disputes are adding to the financial burden on US farmers and ranchers, highlighting the urgency of restoring agricultural markets and mutually beneficial relationships with trading partners. 

"These are difficult times for agriculture, and the longer these trade wars continue, the deeper the impact on farm country," American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. 

Farmers are being hit with tariffs on top of challenging economic conditions caused by severe weather, low commodity prices, labor shortages, and a host of other influences, he said. (Xinhua)

Japan considers South Korea removal from 'white list'


Japan will decide next month whether to remove South Korea from its list of countries who receive preferential treatment, sources close to the matter said Friday. 

According to Kyodo News, the decision by Japan on whether to remove South Korea from its preferential "white list" will be made on August 2 and will likely take effect later in the month. 

The latest potential escalation by Japan comes amid an ongoing wartime dispute that Tokyo believes Seoul has not cooperated in trying to resolve bilaterally. (Xinhua)

Paris train station power failure disrupts Eurostar traffic


A power outage at one of France's busiest train stations disrupted travel Friday on the Eurostar to and from London and other routes around the region. 

The power resumed Friday afternoon, but the delays were expected to continue throughout the day, causing long lines in the London Eurostar terminal and on the Paris side. 

It's the latest transport trouble to hit Europe during the high travel season, after an exceptional heat wave caused problems on the London subway and on train routes elsewhere. (AP)

US economy slowed to 2.1 percent growth rate in second quarter


The US economy slowed sharply in the April-June quarter even as consumers increased spending. 

Gross domestic product grew at a 2.1 percent annual rate last quarter, down from a 3.1 percent gain in the first quarter, the US Commerce Department estimated Friday. 

Economists also noted that business capital investment, which has been strong in the past two years, fell at a 0.6 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the first decline in three years. (AP)

US justice department OKs T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion Sprint deal

SPRINT AP.jpgUS regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts. 

Friday’s approval by the Justice Department comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a fourth wireless company, so the number of major US providers would remain at four. 

Sprint and T-Mobile combined would now approach the size of Verizon and AT&T. The companies have argued that bulking up will mean a better next generation “5G” wireless network than they could make on their own. (AP)

38 ancient tombs discovered in Northeast China


Chinese archaeologists have discovered 38 ancient tombs dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Northeast China's Liaoning Province. 

A total of 460 items have so far been excavated, mainly burial objects and jewelry like earrings, hairpins, and buttons made of gold, silver, and glass. 

"Findings in the cemetery can help researchers understand the burial customs among residents living around the ancient capital during the Qing Dynasty," said an expert. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Where was El Greco born?

(Answer: Greece.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu.  

"If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him."

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


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