CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/11/2018 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/11/2018 Sat.)

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06:02, August 11, 2018

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China releases results of defective DPT vaccine investigation probe


Chinese authorities on Friday released the findings of a probe into a previous investigation of substandard DPT vaccines produced by Wuhan Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd.

The inspection team, formed by members of departments including the State Drug Administra-tion (SDA) and National Health Commission, found misconduct in vaccine production, as well as in fulfillment of local supervisory responsibilities.

DPT refers to a combination of vaccines for three infectious diseases: diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.

The inspectors have conducted spot-checks, looked through files and documents, and interviewed relevant people since they arrived in Hubei on Aug. 1.

The batch of DPT vaccines, produced on July 19, 2016, was proved substandard due to a short-term equipment failure, which resulted in improper distribution of the active constituent in the vaccines (Xinhua)

S. Korea opens research center on wartime sexual enslavement


A research center aimed at studying the wartime sexual enslavement of women by Japan during World War II opened in Seoul on Friday.

The institute will compile and preserve historical records, for the education of future generations, in a database relating to the victims from areas including China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, who are referred to as "comfort women."

The center is housed and operated under the Women’s Human Rights Institute of Korea, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

The Japanese government has reportedly expressed displeasure over the new research center. (CGTN – People’s Daily app)

Turkey's lira falls after US steps up tariffs

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The value of the Turkish currency continued to dive after US President Donald Trump an-nounced he had stepped up tariffs on aluminum and steel from Turkey on Friday. 

“I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”

The lira, which now stands at 6.80 against the US dollar, has surpassed the Argentine peso as the worst performer of 2018, according to a Bloomberg analyst. 

Turkey’s currency dropped more than 10 percent on Friday, a week after the US imposed sanctions against two Turkish ministers accused of having a role in the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. (People’s Daily app)

Beijingers face a 7-year wait for electric vehicle license plates


Beijing residents wanting to buy a New Energy Vehicle will find themselves at the end of a sev-en-year waiting list, according to Beijing's municipal government. 

This year around 360,000 applicants applied for one of the 54,000 license plates set aside for New Energy Vehicles in the city.

As of Thursday, nearly 3 million Beijing residents applied for small vehicle license plates – which is 120,000 more than the number of applications in the last license plate lottery. (China Plus – People’s Daily app)

US to establish Space Force by 2020: Pence


US Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the US plans to establish a Space Force by 2020, an idea floated by US President Donald Trump and questioned by many top officers at the Pentagon.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space and so we will,” Pence said.

In concurrence with Pence's speech, the Pentagon laid out its plans to form the new branch of the US military in a 15-page report, identifying immediate steps of action, including the establishment of a Space Development Agency to develop and field next generation capabilities. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Nationwide probe after Tokyo med school excludes women

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Japan launched Friday a probe into gender discrimination at all of the nation's medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female applicants to exclude them.

The education ministry asked all 81 private and public medical schools to check their admission procedures for possible discrimination against female applicants.

Authorities said they would also check the gender ratio of successful applicants for the past six months.

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the question of the day:

What is the largest animal in the sea?  

(Answer: Blue Whale.)

Today’s quote is from American athlete Shaquille O'Neal:

“I don't get nervous in any situation. There's no such thing as nerves when you're playing games.”

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

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