CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/24/2018 Wed.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/24/2018 Wed.)

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17:01, October 24, 2018


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


World's longest cross-sea bridge opens to public traffic


The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, opened to the public Wednesday morning.

The bridge connects China's mainland province of Guangdong with the country's two special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao.

Customs employees in Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macao will offer round-the-clock service to facilitate traffic along the 55 kilometer bridge. (Xinhua)


US says to withdraw from INF treaty "in due course"


The United States said it will file a formal notice of its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty "in due course.” 

At a press conference following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US national security adviser John Bolton said that the INF Treaty was "outmoded, being violated and being ignored by other countries.”

Nevertheless, he said that the US has not yet made a final decision on the deployment of US missiles in Europe, adding that Russia is the one that has deployed missiles in Europe.

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump said that Washington would pull out of the INF Treaty on account of Russia's alleged breach of the agreement. 

Moscow warned against a new nuclear arms race, but also said it was open to participating in talks on how to preserve the existing agreement. (Xinhua)


PBOC continues to inject liquidity into market


China's central bank continued to inject funds into the market on Wednesday to maintain liquidity.

The People's Bank of China purchased 150 billion yuan in seven-day reverse repos at an interest rate of 2.55 percent.

The bank said the move aimed at offsetting the impact of tax payments and government bonds, and to keep liquidity in the banking system at a reasonable and ample level.

A reverse repo is a process by which the central bank bids and buys securities from commercial banks with an agreement to sell them back in the future.

It said China will continue to implement a prudent and neutral monetary policy, and properly deal with the relationship between stabilizing growth, deleveraging and strengthening regulatory control. (Xinhua)


Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico


Hurricane Willa made landfall in Mexico Tuesday.

It lashed the country’s Pacific coast with powerful wind, heavy rain and what forecasters warned was an "extremely dangerous" storm surge.

The powerful storm, which was a maximum Category 5 hurricane on Monday, had weakened to a Category 3 storm as it moved toward land. 

But forecasters warned it still had the potential to unleash deadly flooding and landslides. (AFP)


6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center


A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children” has left six children dead and 12 others sick.

There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Haskell, about 50 kilometers northwest of New York.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that no one was available to comment on how unusual it is for six adenovirus deaths in such a population of patients.

The strain afflicting the children is usually associated with acute respiratory illness.

The CDC has instructed health workers to report unusual clusters to state or local health departments.

The Health Department didn’t release the ages of the victims or address the severity of the illness in the other dozen cases. (AP)


Over 20 Russian football fans injured in Rome metro escalator collapse


At least 20 Russian football fans were injured when an escalator at a busy Rome metro station collapsed.

Local media broadcast a video showing the moment of the collapse at 7:45 p.m. local time at the Repubblica metro station.

It accelerated suddenly and then collapsed, sending dozens of people tumbling and screaming.

At least 17 Russians were hospitalized, including one whose foot had to be “semi-amputated".

Italy’s public broadcaster showed ambulances and police gathered outside the station in a busy central district, with injured people lying on the ground, seated on wheelchairs and being carried on stretchers, many with cuts and bandages on their legs. (Xinhua)


Chinese, Aussie experts develop 'Terminator'-like liquid metal robot


And scientists from China and Australia have made major progress in liquid metal robots.

It’s a prototype that resembles a robot in "The Terminator" science fiction film franchise.

The scientists designed a controlled actuation of gallium liquid metal, which makes wheeled robots driven by a liquid metal droplet come true.

Scientists combined the liquid mental driver with voltage to alter the robot's center of gravity, and created a new liquid mental robot with a flexible structure and driving function.(Global Times)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhao Dantong)

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