CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/22/2018 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/22/2018 Wed.)

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05:45, August 22, 2018


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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China hails El Salvador’s move to establish diplomatic ties


China highly appreciates El Salvador to establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese Mainland and sever its so-called diplomatic ties with Taiwan, as it complies with the interests and will of the two peoples, a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and El Salvador Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Castaneda signed a joint communique in Beijing. 

China and El Salvador will recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations at the ambassador level. (People’s Daily app)

One million pack India flood relief camps


More than one million people have swarmed relief camps in India's Kerala state to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people, officials said Tuesday, as a huge international aid operation gathered pace.

People are flocking to camps as the scale of the desolation is revealed by receding waters and the military rescues more people each day.

The Kerala government said 1,028,000 people are now in about 3,200 relief camps across the southern state.

Millions of dollars in donations have poured into Kerala from the rest of India and abroad in recent days. (AFP)

Trump hints meeting with Kim, rules out 'concessions' with Turkey


US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would "most likely" meet with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un.

"It's most likely we will, but I just don't want to comment," Trump said, offering no details on the timing or venue.

He also said he believes Pyongyang had taken specific steps toward denuclearization.

As US-Turkey diplomatic deadlock lingered over an American pastor, Trump ruled out any possibility of concessions with Turkey. Trump said he was not concerned at all that his tough stance on Turkey could hurt other economies.

"I think it's very sad what Turkey is doing. I think they're making a terrible mistake. There will be no concessions," he said in the interview. (Xinhua)

Suspect in rare Chinese shooting spree killed by police


Kuang Yulin, the suspect who had allegedly killed four people in Shanggao County, Jiangxi Province, was shot dead by police on August 21, according to local police.

The gunman, a 43 year old man, had allegedly killed four people in three separate shootings Monday morning. The murders were carried out in a room next to Kuang's room, a building materials market area, and at the Huang Jin Dui Chengren Driving School.

Eyewitness reports said he was wearing dark glasses and fled the scene of the shootings on a motorcycle.

Gun violence is rare in China due to strict gun control laws. (People’s Daily app)

US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany


The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the US was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, the White House said.

A judge stripped Palij’s citizenship in 2003 for “participation in acts against Jewish civilians” while an armed guard at the Trawniki camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and was ordered deported a year later.

But because Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and other countries refused to take him, he continued living in limbo in the two-story, red brick home in Queens he shared with his wife. 

Richard Grenell, the US ambassador who arrived in Germany earlier this year, said President Donald Trump — who is from New York — instructed him to make it a priority. 

The deportation came after weeks of diplomatic negotiations. (AP)

China's Liu Xiang breaks 50m backstroke world record at Asian Games


China's Liu Xiang set a new world record in the women's 50 meter backstroke at the Asian Games on Tuesday. 

The 21-year-old clocked in at a time of 26.98 seconds - the first time a female swimmer has ever broken the 27 second mark in the event - to take gold in Jakarta.

The previous world mark of 27.06 was held by former world champion Zhao Jing on July 30, 2009 while the previous Asian record was held by Gao Chang with a time of 27.48.

Fu Yuanhui of China took the silver with 27.68 and Sakai Natsumi of Japan third at 27.91. (People's Daily app)

Disney to open New York exhibit for Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday


Disney will open a Mickey Mouse pop-up exhibit in the US in November as its most iconic cartoon character turns 90 this fall.

Billed as an immersive experience that marks Mickey's global impact on popular culture and art, the exhibit will pack 16,000 square feet of space with historic and modern works inspired by the mouse. 

Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and animator UbIwerks. 

The mouse first appeared in the animated short film "Plane Crazy," debuting publicly in a black-and-white cartoon "Steamboat Willie" that was the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound. 

Since then, the famous mouse, who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, has gone on to star in more than 130 films. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the world's largest tropical rainforest?

(Answer: The Amazon jungle.)

Today’s quote is from By Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. ”

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

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