CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/8/2018 Sun.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/8/2018 Sun.)

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05:27, July 08, 2018

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Xi sends congratulatory letter to ecological forum


Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory letter to the Eco Forum Global Annual Conference Guiyang 2018, which opened in the capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province Saturday.

"Ecological conservation concerns the future of the humankind, and it's the common goal of all nations to build a green home," Xi said in the letter.

Xi said he believed that the annual conference, themed "embracing a new era of eco-civilization: green development with high priority to ecology," would help all parties strengthen consensus and cooperation for the development of global ecological civilization. (Xinhua - People's Daily app)

Premier Li: Trade wars have no winner


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday that no one will win by fighting a trade war, yet China will take countermeasures in the face of unilateral moves.

Li emphasized that China's counter measures are a way to protect its own interests and safeguard World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Li attended the 8th China-CEEC business forum in Sofia, Bulgaria on Saturday. Li said the 16+1 cooperation mechanism not only is conducive to the development of the two sides, but also helps narrow the gaps within the European Union for balanced development and advancement of European integration. (Xinhua - People's Daily app)

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'


North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were "regrettable" and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes, according to AP.

They said the US betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by making "one-sided and robber-like" demands on the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. (AP - People's Daily app)

Putin calls on global community to jointly combat cyber threats


Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the international community Friday to jointly fight against cyber threats.

"We understand it well that the scale of cyber threats today is such that they can only be neutralized by joint efforts of the whole of the international community," Putin said in an address to the International Cybersecurity Congress in Moscow.

Putin said that it is especially important to formulate "common rules of the game" and adopt common international standards, which would take into account the rights and interests of all states and would be universal and acceptable to all. (Xinhua)

41 dead, 15 missing in Thai tourist boat capsize


The death toll from the sinking of a tourist boat off Thailand's Phuket island has risen to 41, with 15 people still missing, the Thai Government Public Relations Department said on Saturday.

In a statement issued Friday, Thailand’s Prime Minister urged the government to “exercise all efforts to find those missing and make appropriate arrangements for those rescued and injured in this tragic event”.

Thailand’s government said it has deployed 800 rescue forces to search for the missing Chinese tourists. (People’s Daily app)

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Chiba prefecture


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck off Japan's eastern Chiba region, Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday.  

The earthquake logged lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some areas of the Chiba region and could be felt in Tokyo.

So far, no major damage or injuries have been reported, and no tsunami warning has been issued. (Xinhua - People's Daily app)

England beats Sweden 2:0, Croatia topples Russia in shootout


Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2:0 win over Sweden on Saturday.

England has advanced further than was widely expected and they had not seen such success in past years even with the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and a young Wayne Rooney.

Croatia has beaten host Russia 4:3 in a penalty shootout to advance to a World Cup semifinal against England.

The quarterfinal at Sochi was tied 1:1 after regulation and 2:2 after extra time, forcing both Croatia and host Russia to a shootout for the second consecutive game.

Croatia is in World Cup semifinals for the second time and first since 1998. The Croatians lost to France in the semis 20 years ago. (AP - People's Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day.

Which country features a maple leaf on its flag? 


Today’s quote is from American novelist Mark Twain.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

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

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