CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/11/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/11/2019 Wed.)

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05:44, September 11, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China firmly opposes German FM's meeting with HK separatist

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China on Tuesday expressed strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to Germany over its allowing a Hong Kong separatist to enter the country to engage in anti-China separatist activities and its foreign minister's contact with him.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a press briefing when responding to media reports that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has welcomed the bail granted to Hong Kong separatist Joshua Wong Chi-fung who is the leader of a Hong Kong political group advocating so-called "independence" and met with him on Monday evening in Berlin.

Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs, and no foreign government, organization or individual has the right to interfere, Hua said. "Any words, acts or plots that attempt to build oneself up by pulling in foreign forces and to split the country are doomed to failure." (Xinhua)

US National Security Advisor John Bolton exits Trump administration

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday his National Security Advisor John Bolton has resigned upon his request.

Trump said he asked Bolton for his resignation Monday night, and received the resignation Tuesday morning.

"I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation," Trump tweeted.

Trump said he will be naming Bolton's successor next week. (Xinhua)

Trump says Afghanistan peace talks with Taliban 'dead'


US President Donald Trump on Monday said that peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan are "dead".

"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead," Trump said at the White House about the long-running attempt to reach an agreement with the Taliban and withdraw US troops from the country after years of war.

Over the weekend, Trump cancelled a secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington. (CGTN)

Typhoon Faxai kills 3 in Tokyo metropolitan area


Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall near Tokyo early Monday morning, left at least three people dead in its wake and around 40 others injured as it battered the capital and surrounding areas on its way northward to the Pacific.

The powerful typhoon wreaked havoc on the Tokyo metropolitan area after making landfall near Chiba City, east of Tokyo, at around 5 a.m. local time, causing major disruption to transportation networks with train services being suspended and flights being halted as the capital and surrounding areas were lashed by torrential rain and battered by gusty winds. (Xinhua)

US EPA plans to end animal testing by 2035


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to end required animal tests for chemical safety, a move expected to improve animal welfare.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a directive Tuesday to reduce its requests for, and funding of, mammal studies by 30 percent by 2025 and eliminate all mammal study requests and funding by 2035.

Any mammal studies requested or funded by EPA after 2035 will require administrator approval on a case by case basis, according to the EPA. (Xinhua)

2,000-year-old bronze relics brought home from Japan


An eight-piece set of bronzeware belonging to Chinese cultural heritage has been brought home from Japan following five months of pursuit by Chinese authorities, the National Cultural Heritage Administration announced Tuesday.

The bronzeware was identified by researchers to have been stolen from ancient tombs dating back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) located in Suizhou, central China's Hubei Province.

According to officials, the bronzeware, along with the 330 Chinese characters engraved onto them, provide researchers with valuable information regarding the ancient state of Zeng, which is mysteriously absent from historical articles. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Are dogs herbivores?

(Answer: No. They are omnivores.)

Today’s quote is from French writer Joseph Joubert (1754-1824).  

"Justice is the truth in action."

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

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