CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/29/2019 Tue.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/29/2019 Tue.)

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20:39, October 29, 2019

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

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Xi congratulates Cambodian king on 15th anniversary of enthronement

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Norodom Sihamoni on the 15th anniversary of his enthronement as the king of Cambodia.

In his message, Xi said since Sihamoni's enthronement, the king has made important contributions to maintaining national unity and promoting national development, and has been deeply loved by Cambodian people.

Xi explained China and Cambodia established diplomatic ties more than 60 years, and the two peoples have always been sticking together and watching out for each other, and forged a deep friendship. (Xinhua)

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China prepared for 2nd CIIE: vice commerce minister

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China is prepared for the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) that will run from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan said Tuesday.

Covering a total area of 30,000 square meters, the country exhibition of the expo will host 64 countries (including China) and three international organizations with unique designed pavilions to showcase their developments and achievements, business environment and characteristic industries, Wang said at a press conference. (Xinhua)

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Eight migrants found in refrigerated lorry in France

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Eight migrants, four of whom are children, were found in a refrigerated truck in France that was about to travel from the French port of Calais on the ferry to Britain.

The migrants claimed to be Afghans, and were found suffering from light hypothermia in the truck during a routine check at the port.

Two Romanian drivers have been detained, while the migrants were taken to a local hospital.

The discovery came after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain this week. (CGTN)

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At least two dead in M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, S Philippines

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At least two people died, and dozens others are injured after a magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, local authorities said.

The earthquake has cut power supply in many of the affected areas, knocked down utility posts, damaged buildings, and shattered glass in several establishments.

The island of Mindanao was recently hit by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake on October 16, which left six people dead and over 160 people injured. (CGTN)

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US House to vote on impeachment inquiry procedures

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The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on Thursday on the impeachment inquiry procedures.

This, as House Democrats move closer to the public phase of the investigation.

In a letter to colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday's vote is not necessary, but ultimately aims to "eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”

This would be the first formal vote on the new impeachment process by the House since Pelosi threw her support to an inquiry in September. (Xinhua)

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Activist Joshua Wong disqualified from running in HK's district polls

Activist Joshua Wong, the leader of a political group advocating "Hong Kong's independence," was disqualified on Tuesday from running in the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), scheduled to be held in November.

A press release issued by the HKSAR government on Tuesday said one candidate's nomination was deemed invalid as he failed to comply with relevant electoral laws, but did not name the disqualified candidate. 

Later on, Joshua Wong confirmed on social media that his candidacy had been denied. (CGTN)

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China's central bank continues to skip reverse repos

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And China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, continued to skip reverse repos on Tuesday.

The decision was aimed at maintaining reasonably sufficient liquidity in the banking system, as increased fiscal expenditures near the month end could offset the effect of such factors as maturing reverse repos.

A reverse repo is a process by which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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