CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/17/2018 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/17/2018 Mon.)

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05:02, September 17, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

At least 2 killed in Guangdong after Typhoon Mangkhut’s landfall

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At least two people were killed by super Typhoon Mangkhut as of 8:00 pm  local time Sunday. 

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Taishan, Guangdong Province at 5 pm Sunday, with strong winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour, according to the Guangdong Meteorological Observatory. 

More than half a million people have been evacuated to avoid the brunt of the destructive typhoon, the most powerful storm to hit China this year, says the Ministry of Emergency Management Sunday afternoon.

The ministry also says that up to 24,000 firefighters and soldiers in Southwestern China have been deployed to the region’s high-risk areas. (People’s Daily app)

More than 200 injured as Typhoon Mangkhut slams Hong Kong

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At least 213 people were injured as Typhoon Mangkhut slammed Hong Kong as of 5 pm local time on Sunday, official data showed.

The injured have sought medical treatment at public hospitals, including 117 men and 96 women, according to the Hospital Authority in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 48 temporary shelters in various districts and 1,219 people have sought refuge at the shelters. (Xinhua)

China's R&D spending sees rapid growth in past decades 

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China's spending on research and development (R&D) has seen rapid growth in the past 25 years as the country pursues a strategy of development through scientific and technological progress.

A report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that China's R&D spending surged by an average of 20.3 percent annually between 1992 and 2017, with the amount for last year reaching 1.76 trillion yuan (about $257 billion), about 123 times the amount in 1991.

By the end of last year, the country had 6.2 million employees in R&D. R&D spending in 2017 accounted for 2.12 percent of China's gross domestic product.

According to the 13th five-year plan for national science and technology talent development (2016-2020), China will increase its annual per capita spending on R&D to 500,000 yuan by 2020, up from 370,000 yuan in 2014. (Xinhua)

South Korea advance team in North Korea for third Kim-Moon summit 

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South Korea advance team of 93 officials headed to North Korea on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming Kim-Moon summit in Pyongyang.

Led by Presidential Secretary for Unification Policy Suh-ho, the group includes government officials, technology staff and journalists, according to Yonhap News Agency. 

Yonhap reported that the prime topics would be focusing on how to accomplish complete denuclearization and build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, citing the country's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. (CGTN)

Putin, Erdogan to discuss Syria amid Russia-Turkey discord over Idlib

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss Syrian issues with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Russia's Sochi on Monday, the Kremlin said in a statement Sunday.

The meeting will take place at a time when the Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran are preparing an offensive against rebels' last major stronghold in Idlib province, although Turkey and the United States have repeatedly warned against any operation.

Turkey and the US reject the possible offensive in Idlib, citing that it could cause great civilian casualties and even a humanitarian disaster. (Xinhua)

Sweden probing alleged police violence against Chinese tourists

Sweden has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether police improperly expelled three Chinese tourists from a hotel earlier this month.

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The Swedish embassy in China said on Sunday in an announcement on its official Weibo account it has learned that Sweden has appointed special prosecutors to conduct an independent investigation to determine whether the police were derelict in their duties or broke the law, after receiving complaints that the police were suspected of violating the law.

The embassy said that in Sweden a special prosecutor is often appointed to investigate claims of police violence. (People’s Daily app)

Kenyan marathon master Kipchoge smashes world record

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hours 1min 39sec.

The 33-year-old Olympic champion took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, he won world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the difference between typhoon and hurricane?

(Answer: Hurricanes and typhoons are different names for the same type of storm. Hurricanes are tropical storms that form in the North Atlantic, northeastern Pacific, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Typhoons are storms that develop in the northwestern Pacific.)

Today’s quote is from English novelist Charles Dickens

“Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.”

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

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