CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/3/2018 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/3/2018 Tue.)

People's Daily app

06:40, July 03, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi tells Chinese youth to dare to dream

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President Xi Jinping Monday told young Chinese to dare to dream and work courageously and diligently to realize their dreams.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during a talk with the new leadership of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) Central Committee.

"A country will have a great tomorrow, and a nation be full of hopes, when the younger generations have ideals, ability and a strong sense of responsibility," Xi said.

Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also attended the event. (Xinhua –People’s Daily app)

Thai soccer team found alive inside cave

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A Thai youth soccer team and their coach trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand were found alive Monday, announced Chiang Rai Province Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn.

The boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, visited the Tham Luang cave after soccer practice on June 23, where they have remained trapped for the past nine days due to heavy rainfall in the area. 

Thai navy SEAL divers along with underwater rescue experts from China and Australia made initial progress through one of the cave’s sprawling narrow passageways and into a key chamber on Sunday whose high, murky waters had blocked earlier efforts. 

The conditions of victims were not clear, but an official announcement is expected Tuesday morning. (People’s Daily app)

EU gives stark warning to US over auto tariffs

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The European Union (EU) warned Monday that up to $294 billion dollars in US exports would face counter-measures if US President Donald Trump followed through with an earlier threat to slap duties on auto imports.

Trump laid out threats to fight the EU with a 20 percent duty on EU auto imports, a particular source of his scorn.

In a letter to US authorities, the European Commission, which handles trade policy for the Bloc's 28 members, painted a stark picture of what the US economy would face if Trump followed through on his threat.

"Economic analysis confirms that an increased tariff on these products will be harmful first and foremost for the US economy," the letter said. (AFP)

Kim Jong Un urges factory modernization at China border city

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has called for modernizing textile and paper industries at the border city of Sinuiju next to China's Dandong, he Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Monday.

During a recent inspection of the Sinuiju Textile Mill, established in 1959, Kim said the mill must be upgraded into a modern production base.

After learning about the mill's supply service and the living conditions of its employees, Kim said the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) committee at the mill had not paid attention to improving working and living conditions, KCNA reported.

It was reported that Kim set forth detailed tasks and ways for modernizing the mill, saying, "To radically develop the textile industry is very important in making a breakthrough for the improvement of people's standard of living." (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Mexico's Lopez Obrador claims historic win in presidential election

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Mexican voters unleashed a political earthquake Sunday by electing a leftist firebrand as president. and giving him a broad mandate to change the leadership and govern for the poor.

Electoral authorities predicted President-elect Lopez Obrador would win with a possible 53.8 percent of the vote, a remarkable margin not seen in the country for many years. 

A prominent exit poll said Obrador’s party allies were poised to score huge wins in the Senate and lower house.

Yesterday’s victory marked his third bid for the country's highest office after falling short in the last two elections.  It was also the first time that an independent appeared on the ballot. (AP)

Brazil dominates Mexico, Belgium comeback shocks Japan 


Since the Round of 16 was introduced in 1986 Mexico has failed to make it through in seven attempts. 

And Monday was no different as they faced off against a superior Brazilian side losing 2-0.

Goals from Brazilian striker Neymar in the 51st minute and Roberto Firmino in the 88th minute sealed Mexico’s fate.  

Japan faced off against Belgium where the score sat 0-0 at the half.

In the second half, it seemed Japan had emerged the stronger opponent, hitting two goals early on and within four minutes of one another. 

But then the Red Devils dug deep and scored in the 69th minute to keep hope alive.

Five minutes later Belgian midfielder Maruane Fellaini provided the equalizer bringing the game to a tie.

In the final minute of regular play, Belgian mid-fielder Nacer Chadli sent the ball through the goal posts for the winning score.

Not since 1970 has a team in World Cup play overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Belgium advances to the Quarter Finals where they will take on Brazil July 6. (People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who is the Number 1 chess player in the world today?  (Magnus Carlsen of Norway)

Today’s quote is from Brazilian soccer legend Pele.

“Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” 

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Raymond Mendoza, and Lance Crayon)

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