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20:23, January 30, 2019


This is People's Daily Tonight, your news source from China. 


China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019



China said it will be sending more than 50 spacecraft into space this year.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said the major missions include the third Long March-5 large carrier rocket, to be launched in July.

More details about the Chang'e-5 probe were also unveiled.

The probe will first enter the Earth-moon transfer orbit. Before slowing near the moon to enter the lunar orbit and descend and land on a pre-selected area for ground research work, including collecting lunar samples.

China will also send 10 satellites to join the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. (Xinhua)


US 'childish' in conducting foreign policy, says Venezuela's Maduro



Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday criticized the US government as "childish" in conducting its foreign policy after US National Security Adviser John Bolton's notepad with words "5000 troops to Colombia" evoked concerns.

"This is a childish way to direct foreign policy from the White House," Maduro said as he led military exercises at an air force base amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Bolton, while announcing a new round of sanctions against Venezuela and its state oil company at a press conference Monday, carried a notepad under his arm with the words scribbled on the top of a largely blank page. (Xinhua)


Lawmakers press for a full Russia probe report from Mueller


US lawmakers appear increasingly nervous that Congress and the public won't see a full report when special counsel Robert Mueller is finished with his Russia probe.

This includes what the investigation finds about President Donald Trump.

Republicans and Democrats say they support public disclosure of Mueller's findings.

But it's unclear exactly what documentation will be produced at the end of the probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia. (AP)


China to award highest state honor to contributors


China will award national medals and honorary titles to both citizens and foreigners who have made great contributions to the country as it marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China this year.

The deceased can also be nominated, according to a circular on the nomination and selection of award-winners issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

This is the first time for the country to conduct the selection and conferment of these highest national honors to commend a number of exemplary contributors to the construction and development of the PRC. (Xinhua)


2 Chinese interns found dead in Japan



The Chinese Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan confirmed the deaths of two Chinese interns who were discovered in a ditch in Kurume. 

Local media said one of the Chinese men, surnamed Xu, was alive when authorities first discovered him on January 1.

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia and died six days later. 

Police found another corpse in the same location, who was later identified as the second Chinese intern.

Police said an investigation is underway but did not provide additional details. (People's Daily app)


China issues yellow alert for blizzard



China's meteorological authorities issued a yellow alert for heavy snowstorms on Wednesday.

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) said snowstorms would hit parts of Henan, Hubei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, with up to 8 centimeters of new snow expected.  

The center advised the residents to stay indoors and urged local authorities to take precautions with roads, railways, electricity and telecommunications.

The observatory maintained a blue alert for a cold wave Wednesday as the cold front continues to bring down temperatures in central and eastern China.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue. (Xinhua)


Apple opens new chapter amid weakening iPhone demand



And Apple said it hopes to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product.

But that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season.

Apple's stock has lost one-third of its value in less than four months, erasing about $370 billion in shareholder wealth.

The company didn't forecast how many iPhones it will sell, something Apple has done since the product first hit the market in 2007. (AP)


And that's People's Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Xiangyu)

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