CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/2/2018 Sun.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/2/2018 Sun.)

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06:27, September 02, 2018


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China-Africa business forum attracts over 1,000 African representatives

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China will host more than 1,000 African representatives from over 600 enterprises, business groups, and research institutions at an upcoming conference of Chinese and African entrepreneurs.

The conference, officially known as the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business Representatives, runs from Monday to Tuesday as part of a series of conferences under the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

"Applications for attendance significantly surpassed our expectations," Jiang Zengwei, head of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said Friday at a press briefing.

All 53 African countries that have established diplomatic relations with China will send representatives to the conference, said Jiang.

Jiang said China-Africa cooperation on industrialization, trade, and infrastructure will be the major topic during the meeting. (China Plus)

China welcomes EU's end of restrictions on solar panel sales: MOC


China welcomes the European Commission's end of restrictions on the sales of solar panels from China and believes it will result in win-win and mutual benefits, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Saturday.

The ministry described the move as a successful model of resolving trade frictions through consultations, adding it will restore China-EU trade of solar panels to normal market conditions and provide a more stable and predictable business environment for both industries to realize win-win results, a spokesperson with the ministry said in a statement.

As an important clean energy product, solar panels are widely used to cope with climate change and are significant for achieving emission cut targets for countries around the world. (Xinhua)

US moves ahead with Mexico trade pact as US-Canada trade talks fail

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US-Canada trade talks ended on Friday with no deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after the mood soured, and US President Donald Trump intended to sign a bilateral trade pact with Mexico.

US and Canadian trade officials set plans to resume their talks on Wednesday with the aim of getting a deal all three nations could sign.

Trump notified Congress that he intends to sign the trade pact by the end of November. Text of the deal will be published by around Oct. 1. (CGTN)

Brazil electoral court majority votes against Lula candidacy


A majority of the judges on Brazil's top electoral court ruled Friday to annul the candidacy of popular leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the October presidential vote.

Lula was leading in polls ahead of the election, though in jail for corruption.

Barring dramatic events -- the judges can reconsider their decision after the vote of the last two magistrates -- the former president cannot run for a third term. (AFP)

Chinese charities disclose information from September

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Chinese charity organizations should provide factual information to the public in a complete and timely manner starting from Sept. 1, according to a regulation issued by China's Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Information required to be disclosed includes charity groups' yearly work and financial accounting reports, major asset changes, transactions and investments, public funding, and other charity projects.

Charities that fail to disclose information in a timely manner or disclose false information can be reported to civil affairs authorities by any organization or individual, the regulation said. (Xinhua)

International Space Station air pressure restored after leak: Russia

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Russia's space agency said air pressure on the International Space Station (ISS) has been restored to proper levels after a leak was repaired.

Roscosmos said in a statement Friday that "the safety and health of the crew are not threatened."

This leak, which was discovered on Thursday, was traced to a small hole in one of the Russian Soyuz capsules docked at the station. Three Americans, two Russians and a German are aboard the station. (CGTN)

China takes gold in men’s and women’s basketball


Team China has won gold medals in men’s and women's basketball on Saturday as the Asian sporting powerhouse won 14 out of 44 golds up for grabs on the penultimate day of the two-week, 40 sport Asian Games.

China's gold rush was highlighted by the hard fought men's basketball title when China beat Iran 84-72 in the final for their eighth title in Asian Games history.

Earlier, the Chinese women's basketball team edged past the Unified Korean team 71-65 to claim their sixth title at the Asian Games.

With just one day to go, China now leads the medal table with 132 gold, 92 silver, and 65 bronze medals. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the largest desert in the world?

(Answer: The Sahara Desert, a subtropical desert in northern Africa.)

Today’s quote is from American athlete Kobe Bryant.

“Everything negative, pressure, challenges, is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

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

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