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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/22/2019 Tue.)

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19:40, October 22, 2019

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

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Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian federal election

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party won the 2019 Canadian federal election Monday night.

With results still trickling in early Tuesday, the Liberals had 157 seats, but 13 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons.

Trudeau dominated Canadian politics over the four years of his first term, but faced a grilling during the 40-day election campaign, described as the nastiest in Canadian history.

His golden boy image has been tarnished by ethics lapses in the handling of the bribery prosecution of an engineering giant, while the emergence of old photographs of him in blackface makeup rocked his campaign. (AFP)

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All BeiDou-3 satellites to be launched by June 2020

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China will possibly launch all BeiDou-3 satellites to complete the global network of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System into space by the end of June next year, about half a year ahead of schedule, according to a top system official.

Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, made the remarks at a sideline event of the seventh China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum that kicked off in Nanning, capital of South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Friday.

China started to build the BDS-3 system in 2009.

The stable operation of the BDS will be the world's leading level, contributing a first-class satellite navigation system with global coverage and advanced performance to the world, Ran said. (China Daily)

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Chinese FM Wang Yi confident of investment deal with EU

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he was confident of an investment deal being clinched with the European Union, while pressing for talks "as soon as possible" on a free trade accord.

Wang said the list of sectors China still refuses access to is shrinking, and the country is opening up more and more, thus "creating favorable conditions for the conclusion of a bilateral investment accord.”

China is engaged in a long-running trade war with the US, which is causing a sharp drag on global economic growth. (CGTN)

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China's private, smaller enterprises report faster industrial output growth

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China's private and smaller industrial companies posted faster-than-average growth in industrial output during the first three quarters, an official said Tuesday.

Industrial output of private, small- and medium-sized industrial enterprises jumped by 8 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively, with a 5.6-percent increase in the entire industrial sector, Huang Libin, spokesperson with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told a press conference.

China will strengthen monitoring and analysis of economic development, expand domestic and overseas markets, effectively cope with the US-China trade tensions by providing precise assistance to affected enterprises, and continue to improve business environment, Huang said. (Xinhua)

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Israeli opposition party vows to form 'liberal' unity gov't

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Leaders of the Israeli Blue and White party vowed to form "a liberal unity government.” 

This, after incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to present a new one.

Netanyahu informed President Reuven Rivlin that he was returning the mandate to form a government, two days before his deadline to present a new governing coalition.

Benny Ganz’s Blue and White Party won 33 seats in the 120-seat parliament in the do-over elections on Sept. 17, against the 32 seats of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud. (Xinhua)

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Book series published to introduce Yungang Grottoes

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A book series on the Yungang Grottoes, a 1500-year-old Buddhist sculptural site, has been published after nearly seven years of preparation.

Containing more than 12,000 pictures and information on nearly 60,000 sculptures carved in 45 caves, the 20-volume series reflects the beauty of the grottoes in terms of culture and art.

The series, summarizing former studies and showing results of new archaeological research on the grottoes, is the most complete and authoritative image file of the Yungang Grottoes to date.

Located to the south of Wuzhou Mountain in Shanxi, the Yungang Grottoes was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2001. (Xinhua)

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China submits 7th offer to join government procurement agreement at WTO 

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And China has submitted the 7th offer to join the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Government Procurement, adding the military sector for the first time.

The offer was a major move to speed up the negotiation process of joining the GPA.

China started the GPA entry negotiation process in 2007, which focused on opening up areas, as well as the adjustment of relevant domestic laws.

It has since revised its offer five times. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Jenny Huang)

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