CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/10/2018 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/10/2018 Mon.)

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05:43, September 10, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi sends congratulatory message to Kim Jong-un on DPRK's 70th founding anniversary

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, on Sunday sent a congratulatory message to Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.

On behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese government and people, as well as in his own name, Xi extends his warm congratulations and sincere wishes to Kim, the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and the DPRK government and people.

In the message, Xi said the people of the DPRK have attained remarkable achievements in the cause of socialist revolution and construction over the past 70 years.

Xi stressed that China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors linked by a mountain and rivers, and the China-DPRK traditional friendship forged and cultivated by the two countries' older generations of leaders is precious treasure shared by both sides.

The CPC and the Chinese government attach great importance to the China-DPRK friendly cooperative relations, unswervingly committed to maintaining, consolidating and developing such ties, Xi added.

Mentioning his three meetings with Kim this year, Xi said they have clearly charted the development direction of bilateral relations.

The Chinese president sincerely wished the DPRK prosperous and its people happy and safe. (Xinhua)

DPRK holds mass parade to celebrate Foundation Day 

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A massive parade was held in Kim Il-sung Square in central Pyongyang on Sunday morning to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un and other senior officials attended the celebration, together with hundreds of foreign guests, ambassadors and representatives of DPRK nationals living abroad.

Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, said under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, the DPRK has made great achievements in economic construction. He urged citizens to carry out the strategic line of economic construction put forward at the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and to contribute to world peace and the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

The parade was the first of its kind after the DPRK-South Korea and the DPRK-US summits were held successively and the situation on the Korean Peninsula entered a state of dialogue. (Xinhua)

China's cross-border e-commerce turnover to top $1.3 trillion in 2018

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China's cross-border e-commerce turnover is expected to top 9 trillion yuan ($1.3 trillion) in 2018, according to a report from the China E-Commerce Association.

The report, released on Sunday at the ongoing 20th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), in Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province, said the top 10 import sources for China's cross-border e-commerce trade last year were Japan, the US, South Korea, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, Britain, and China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Cross-border e-commerce is most active in South China's Guangdong Province, followed by Beijing, East China's Zhejiang and Shandong Provinces and Central China's Henan Province for exports via e-commerce. (Xinhua)

China to make national law on pre-school education 

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China's top legislature will begin drafting a law on pre-school education to regulate the fast-growing sector that has drawn public concern.

The five-year process will start from 2018 during the term of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), according to the NPC legislative agenda released this week.

"The need to draft such a law has become pressing," said Li Lihua, an NPC deputy familiar with the legislation. "It will address all sorts of problems facing the pre-school education sector at the moment." 

In 2017, there were nearly 255,000 kindergartens across the country, taking care of 46 million children. 

The numbers are set to rise as the authorities aim to raise the gross national kindergarten enrolment rate from 75 percent at present to 85 percent by 2020. (Xinhua)

Pakistan's new president sworn in

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Arif Alvi, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was sworn in as Pakistan's president on Sunday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar administered the presidential oath to Alvi.

Alvi, from  southern port city of Karachi, was elected to the National Assembly in the July 25 general elections and then elected the 13th president of Pakistan on September 4th.

Alvi, a dentist by profession, was one of the founding members of the PTI party, headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Xinhua)

US Vice President: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

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US Vice President Mike Pence says he’s “100 percent confident” that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership.

Pence tells Sunday’s edition of CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he hasn’t polled staffers about the opinion piece because “I know them. I know their character.”

The vice president says his aides are as dedicated as he is to advancing Trump’s agenda. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who is the author of War and Peace?

(Answer: Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.)

Today's quote is from Greek philosopher Aristotle: 

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

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

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