CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/9/2018 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/9/2018 Mon.)

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04:48, July 09, 2018

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Chinese premier arrives in Germany for official visit


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on Sunday for the fifth round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultations.

The trip marks Li's fourth visit to Germany as the Chinese premier, and the intergovernmental conference will be the first of its kind since the new cabinets in both countries took office in March.

Li will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Since upgrading relations to a strategic partnership in 2014, the two countries have maintained a high frequency of interaction and exchange while deepening cooperation. (Xinhua - People's Daily app)

Thai officials confirm 13 children among 41 bodies salvaged


42 people, including 41 Chinese tourists, 13 of them children, were confirmed dead Sunday after the vessel “Phoenix Diving” capsized off of the coast of Phuket Island carrying 105 passengers in dangerous waters. 

Phuket Governor Plodthong confirmed that the 41 bodies recovered were Chinese nationals, and 15 remain missing.

Rescue and relief efforts have been ongoing around the clock for the past 60 hours.

Thai authorities have held the “Phoenix” captain responsible for the tragedy while an investigation is ongoing.

Noraphat said the boat was registered and was not overloaded. (People’s Daily app)

China to land high-speed train E-ticket pilot program


China announced it will pilot an E-ticket system for a few high-speed lines by the end of this year.

The trial may reportedly allow passengers to directly check in by swiping their ID cards or mobile phones, without needing a paper ticket.

People can now buy high-speed trains tickets online, but they still have to pick up a paper ticket for station check-in. (China Plus - People's Daily app)

Pompeo says sanctions 'in place' until North Korea achieves verified denuclearization


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday in Tokyo that sanctions against North Korea will remain in place until the North Korea achieves "final, fully-verified denuclearization."

Pompeo made the remarks at a joint press conference following a trilateral meeting between foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and South Korea in Tokyo.

North Korea expressed deep regret Saturday over the result of Pompeo's visit, according to Korean Central News Agency.

The North Korea felt deep regret over the attitude of the US delegation led by Pompeo at the high-level talks held Friday and Saturday with the North Korea officials, said a North Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman. (Xinhua - People's Daily app)

China to further open A-share transactions to foreigners


China will further open A-share transaction to foreigners, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission on Sunday. 

Expats working in China and foreign employees with equity incentives working in A-share listed companies abroad will be allowed to set up A-share security account in China. (China Daily - People's Daily app)

Yao Ming graduates from university


Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University 7 years after he was enrolled as an undergraduate student.

At the graduation ceremony on Sunday, the 38-year-old former NBA star thanked his parents for insisting him to get a bachelor's degree, saying his commitment to them supported him to finish the studies.

Yao, now the president of Chinese Basketball Association, wished his fellow graduates to find their own life values and a bright future. (China Plus)

Sixth suspect nabbed at Jacky Cheung concert 


Pop star Jacky Cheung has achieved “Hexa Kill” recognition after another outlaw was grabbed by the police from his concert in Hohhot on Friday, bringing the number to 6 since his nationwide tour kicked off three months ago.

The suspect, surnamed Wang, was apprehended during security checks before the performance.

The fugitive had been on the run for months before he braved the rain to support his idol and was identified by facial recognition cameras at the stadium's entrance, which was connected to the police database.

Cheung, nicknamed Hong Kong’s “God of Songs,” got dubbed “Fugitive Trapper” after multiple arrests at his concerts.

Cheung said he really appreciated everyone who comes to his concerts, “everyone needs music, no matter who it is," Cheung said. (People's Daily app)

Four boys rescued from Thai cave


Four boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on Sunday, authorities said, raising hopes elite divers would also quickly save the others.

13 foreign professional divers and 5 Thai Navy SEALs began the extremely dangerous operation at 10 Sunday morning, with some of the rescuers reaching the area where the team is sheltering. The youngsters were led out of the cave one at a time. 

The four boys have been brought out through an underwater evacuation and taken to a field hospital near the cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai Province by helicopters. (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 father of calculus?

(Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently discovered calculus in the mid 17th century.)

Today’s quote is from British writer J. K. Rowling

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

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

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