CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/25/2018 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/25/2018 Tue.)

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05:08, September 25, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China sees 97.9 million tourists during Mid-Autumn Festival holiday

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A total of 97.9 million tourists were received across China during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, which started Saturday, said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) Monday.

According to the ministry, the domestic tourism revenue hit 43.5 billion yuan (around $6.34 billion) during the holiday.

The Mid-Autumn Festival usually marks family reunions for Chinese people, who have the tradition of enjoying sights of the full moon and eating mooncakes among others. (Xinhua)

China releases white paper on facts and its position on trade friction with US

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China published a white paper on Monday to clarify the facts about China-US economic and trade relations, demonstrate its stance on trade friction with the United States, and pursue reasonable solutions.

China is the world's biggest developing country and the US is the biggest developed country, said the white paper. "Trade and economic relations between China and the United States are of great significance for the two countries as well as for the stability and development of the world economy."

The white paper said the two countries are at different stages of development and have different economic systems, and therefore some level of trade friction is only natural. "The key, however, lies in how to enhance mutual trust, promote cooperation, and manage differences."

However, the new administration of the US government has trumpeted "America First" since taking office in 2017 and has abandoned the fundamental norms of mutual respect and equal consultation that guide international relations, said the white paper.

"Rather, it has brazenly preached unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony, making false accusations against many countries and regions, particularly China, intimidating other countries through economic measures such as imposing tariffs, and attempting to impose its own interests on China through extreme pressure," according to the white paper.

China-US economic and trade ties concern not only the well-being of the peoples of the two countries, but also world peace, prosperity and stability, the white paper said. "Cooperation is the only correct option for China and the United States, and only a win-win approach will lead to a better future. China's position is clear, consistent and firm." (Xinhua)

Swedish TV show full of discrimination, prejudice, provocation against China, other ethnic groups: MFA

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China slammed a Swedish TV (SVT) news program on Monday for insults and attacks against China and the Chinese people.

“On the evening of September 21, the Swedish News program of SVT broadcast content insulting China and attacking China and Chinese people. The host's remarks were full of discrimination, prejudice and provocation against China and other ethnic groups, and totally disregarded professional ethics,” said Geng Shuang, the spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

“We strongly condemn this and the Chinese foreign ministry and embassy in Sweden have lodged solemn representations and strong protests to the Swedish side in Beijing and Stockholm, respectively. China urges those responsible for Swedish television to take immediate measures to eliminate the adverse impact, and China reserves the right to take further measures,” Geng said. (People's Daily app)

Russia says plane downing result of 'premeditated' actions by Israeli pilots

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The Kremlin on Monday accused Israeli pilots of "premeditated actions" over the downing of a Russian plane in Syria last week, warning it will harm relations between the two countries.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow will be sending an advanced S-300 air defense system to the Syrian military as well as jamming communications of any military planes that attack Syria from over the Mediterranean.

On September 17, a Russian Il-20 plane was hit by a Syrian S-200 air defense missile when it was landing following strikes by Israeli F-16 planes of western Syria. Moscow blamed the friendly fire incident on Israeli pilots using the larger Russian plane as "cover."(AFP)

EU takes Poland to top court over judicial reform

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The European Union announced Monday it will take Poland to the bloc's top court to stop alleged breaches of the independence of the country's supreme court.

The European Commission said Poland's decision to lower the age at which Supreme Court judges must retire from 70 to 65 would undermine judicial independence and breach Poland's obligations under EU law.

The new retirement age, introduced by Poland's Law and Justice government, comes into force in July and would require more than a third of current Supreme Court judges to step down. (AFP)

Pilot error responsible for fatal Australian plane crash

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Pilot error has been blamed for a 2017 Australian plane crash that killed five people, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has found.

Pilot Max Quartermain and four American tourists died when a Beechcraft B200 Super King plane crashed into a Melbourne shopping center shortly after taking off in February 2017. 

In its final report on the crash, the ATSB ruled that the aircraft's rudder trim was in the wrong position at take-off and that the aircraft was over its maximum take-off weight. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who was the first person to walk on the moon?

(Answer: American astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969.)

Today's quote is from English athlete David Beckham.

“Whatever I do, I want to be the best.”

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

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