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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/8/2018 Mon.)

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13:41, October 08, 2018

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

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China to adopt a more proactive fiscal policy: finance minister

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China's finance minister said the country will adopt a more proactive fiscal policy but will not resort to strong stimulus policies.

Liu Kun said the fiscal policy should be more forward-looking, flexible and effective to play a bigger role in boosting demand, restructuring the economy and promoting high-quality development.

He said the policy will prioritize cutting taxes and fees, improving weak links, boosting consumption and improving people's livelihood.

Aside from policies to reduce taxes and fees revealed at the beginning of the year, China has announced more policies to support the real economy and technological innovation, which will help reduce the burden on companies this year by more than 188.4 billion dollars. (Xinhua)

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China urges US to immediately correct its behavior: State Councilor 

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China urged the US to immediately correct its behavior, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Beijing.

China and the US should adhere to win-win cooperation, and should not fall into conflict and confrontation, Wang said.

Washington has made several unfounded accusations against China's domestic and foreign policies in the past few days, impacting mutual trust between the two countries, the minister said.

"We demand that the US immediately stop its unwarranted accusations and wrongdoings against China," Wang said.

As the US wants to communicate with China on some hotspot issues like the Korean Peninsula issue, Wang said that the two countries, also the two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, should strengthen communications and take international responsibility.

This kind of cooperation should be supported by healthy and steady bilateral ties, Wang said. (People’s Daily app)

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DPRK, US agree to hold 2nd summit soon 

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States agreed on Sunday to hold further negotiations for the second DPRK-US summit at an early date.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the pledge.

Kim said progress is being made to implement the June 12 statement agreed upon at the first DPRK-US summit in Singapore.

Pompeo made a whirlwind visit to the DPRK for talks with Kim on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a peace regime.

The top US diplomat flew to Pyongyang from Tokyo Sunday morning and left for Seoul later in the day.

He is in Beijing for talks with Chinese officials. (Xinhua)

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SpaceX launches satellite, recovers rocket on land 

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US private spaceflight company SpaceX launched an Argentine Earth-observing satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday.

The launch of the satellite, dubbed SAOCOMM 1A, marks the company's first successful on-land landing of the recovered first stage of the rocket on the West Coast.

The rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at the air force base at 7:21 p.m. PDT (0221 GMT).

The satellite was deployed into obit about 12 minutes after launch.

Following stage separation, the first stage of the rocket returned to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX's previous west coast landings had all taken place on the company's drone ship. (Xinhua)

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More bodies found as death toll from Indonesia quake nears 2000 

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Close to 2,000 bodies have been recovered from Palu since an earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian city.

An Indonesian official warned that the number would rise, with thousands still missing.

Authorities said as many as 5,000 are believed missing in two hard-hit areas since the September 28 disaster.

Hopes of finding anyone alive have faded and the search for survivors amid the wreckage has turned to gathering and accounting for the dead.

The death toll from the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that erased whole suburbs in Palu has reached 1,944. (AFP)

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Turkey launches probe into disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist in Turkey 

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The Turkish authorities are conducting a thorough investigation on the disappearance of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"There is an ongoing investigation on this foreign individual by the police and affiliate organizations," a Turkish source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Turkish police said on Saturday that the missing Saudi journalist hasn't left the Saudi consulate.

The Washington Post's columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident critic of the country's crown prince and a former government adviser, entered the consulate last Tuesday.

His visit to the consulate was related to getting official documents for his re-marriage.  (Xinhua)

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Australia committed to Paris agreement: PM

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And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected calls from conservative colleagues to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Speaking ahead of the report of the United Nations' Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, Morrison repeated his previous claim that Australia would meet its emissions reduction target.

Australia has committed to reducing its emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Conservative members of the government have called on Morrison to abandon the emissions reduction target, claiming that abiding by it will lead to rising power prices.

The Opposition Australian Labor Party has promised to introduce a 45 percent emissions reduction target if it wins in the upcoming general election. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Qu Qiuyan)

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