CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/27/2018 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/27/2018 Mon.)

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05:42, August 27, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi hails late comrades from research institute, stresses patriotism


Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to learn from three late comrades from a research institute, stressing patriotism.

The three comrades -- Huang Qun, Song Yuecai and Jiang Kaibin -- who worked for the 760 Research Institute of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, sacrificed their lives to protect a national experimental platform during Typhoon Rumbia, when it passed through Dalian, a coastal city of northeast China's Liaoning Province, on Aug. 20.

All Party members should draw strength from the three late comrades, have firm ideals and convictions, remain true to their original aspiration, keep their mission firmly in mind, perform their duty scrupulously, be loyal to the Party and make contributions to the country, said Xi, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission. (Xinhua)

China-made large amphibious aircraft AG600 starts tests on water


China's independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed trial ground flights and entered a new test phase on the water surface.

The AG600, codenamed "Kunlong," successfully finished a trial flight from an airport in the city of Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, to an airport in Jingmen, in Central China's Hubei Province, on Sunday, according to the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company.

The AG600 can carry 50 people during search-and-rescue missions, collect 12 tons of water in 20 seconds for firefighting and transport up to 370 tonnes of water on a single tank of fuel. (Xinhua)

Didi suspends carpooling after second rape and murder in 3 months


The rape and murder of a 20-year-old female passenger has ignited public fury in the latest crisis facing Didi – the biggest ride-sharing company in China, which is under fire again for lax safety measures with its carpooling service.

Didi announced on Sunday it will suspend carpooling services nationwide and will go into effect next Monday.

On Sunday afternoon, China’s Ministry of Transportation joined hands with the Ministry of Public Security, as well as the Traffic and Transportation Departments of Beijing and Tianjin, interviewing Didi and ordering an immediate and comprehensive rectification of its carpooling service.

It has also laid off two senior management employees as investigations continue. (CGTN)

Julie Bishop resigns as Australia's foreign minister


Julie Bishop, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Sunday resigned from the position following an unsuccessful bid to become the nation's Prime Minister.

Bishop was eliminated in the first round of voting in a ballot on the leadership of Australia's Liberal Party of Australia despite having served as deputy leader of the party for 11 years.

Scott Morrison defeated Peter Dutton by 45 votes to 40 in the final ballot and was sworn in as Australia's 30th PM, and seventh since 2007, on Friday evening.

Morrison asked Bishop to reprise her ministerial portfolio but on Sunday she announced she would step down. (CGTN)

At least two dead, 255 injured in Iran earthquake


A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Western Iran near the border with Iraq early Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 250, officials said.

The shallow quake hit 16 miles southwest of the city of Javanrud in Kermanshah Province, the US Geological Survey said, near the site of a powerful quake last year that killed hundreds.

State news agency IRNA reported that there had been more than 65 aftershocks. (AFP)

North Korea-South Korea joint team wins first gold at 2018 Asian Games 


A joint team sent by South Korea and North Korea won a gold medal on Sunday at the final of women's 500-meter dragon boat race at the 2018 Asian Games, reported Tencent Sports.

The 16-member joint team finished the race with two minutes and 24.788 seconds at the Jakabaring Rowing & Canoeing Regatta Course in Palembang, Indonesia, defeating China and Thailand.

This was the first gold medal grabbed by the joint team at an international multi-sport competition and the second medal overall. 

At the medal ceremony, members of the joint team were waiving the Korean Peninsula flag while some shed tears of excitement and happiness. (CGTN)

With minuscule drop, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is No. 1 again


The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive.

The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. 

Almost as many people turned out over the weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” as they did for its opening. That’s virtually never the case for non-holiday releases, which typically drop about 50 percent.

But propelled by an eagerness for a major Hollywood film led by Asian stars, “Crazy Rich Asians” is showing almost unprecedented legs. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What are the official languages of the United Nations?

(Answer: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.)

Today’s quote is from Ghanaian statesman Kofi Annan.

“We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.” 

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

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