CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/20/2019 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/20/2019 Tue.)

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04:47, August 20, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

US extension doesn’t change unfair treatment: Huawei


Huawei issued a statement on Monday on the Temporary General License extension and said it does not change the fact that the company has been treated unfairly. The statement follows the recent US announcement that said it would give the Chinese tech giant 90 days to work with US suppliers.

Here is the Huawei statement in its entirety:

We oppose the US Commerce Department's decision to add another 46 Huawei affiliates to the Entity List. It's clear that this decision, made at this particular time, is politically motivated and has nothing to do with national security. These actions violate the basic principles of free market competition. They are in no one's interests, including US companies. Attempts to suppress Huawei's business won't help the United States achieve technological leadership. We call on the US government to put an end to this unjust treatment and remove Huawei from the Entity List.

The extension of the Temporary General License does not change the fact that Huawei has been treated unjustly. Today's decision won't have a substantial impact on Huawei's business either way. We will continue to focus on developing the best possible products and providing the best possible services to our customers around the world. (People's Daily app)

Cathay Pacific suspends ticket sales at HK airport counters

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Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has suspended ticket sales at Hong Kong International Airport counters due to tightened airport security, the airline announced in a statement on Monday.

"All passengers must have confirmed tickets and travel documents ready for inspection upon arrival at the airport," said the statement. (CGTN)

US tests new ground-based missile after withdrawing from INF Treaty

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The US tested a new ground-based cruise missile which can hit a target after traveling 500 kilometers, the Pentagon said Monday in a statement.

The test comes weeks after the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty banning such systems.

The test took place at 2:30 pm on Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California, the statement also said.

The missile "exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight," according to the statement. (Xinhua)

Air India flight makes emergency landing after mid-air fire

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India's flagship carrier Air India made an emergency landing in the nation’s capital Delhi following a fire on Monday, according to media reports.

The incident occurred on a Jaipur-bound Air India flight soon after take-off from Delhi.

It was also reported that all passengers and crew members were evacuated safely. (Xinhua)

New Zealand gun owners surrender over 10,000 firearms in just one month


Gun owners in New Zealand have turned in more than 10,000 firearms since the introduction of a buyback plan just over a month ago, according to a CNN report.

The move came under tightened gun laws after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people in March.

Gun owners have until December 20 to hand in their semi-automatics and parts that convert firearms into semi-automatics, magazines over a certain capacity, and a few shotgun models for compensation. (China Plus)

World's highest-altitude aquarium opens to public in Qinghai


The world's highest-altitude aquarium opened to the public in Northwest China's Qinghai Province over the weekend, attracting more than 8,000 visitors, according aquarium officials.

At an altitude of 2,261 meters above sea level, the aquarium, covering about 28,000 square meters and taking nearly two years to build, is located in the city of Xining, the capital of Qinghai, and is the first aquarium on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

More than 400 aquatic species and over 100 terrestrial animals will be exhibited in the aquarium. (Xinhua)

The Rock announces wedding on Instagram

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With a simple “We do,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his wedding to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram.

A photo of the movie star and Lauren Hashian was posted on the social media site. Both were wearing white, and they were standing overlooking the ocean. The post said the date of their apparent nuptials was Sunday, in Hawaii.

The couple have been dating for several years and have two young daughters. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the fiery liquid that flows from a volcano?

(Answer: Lava.)

Today’s quote is from Greek author Aesop (620 BC - 564 BC).

"Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth."

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

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