CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (11/09/2018 Fri.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (11/09/2018 Fri.)

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18:52, November 09, 2018

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

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President Xi meets Henry Kissinger

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Beijing Thursday.

Calling Kissinger an old friend of the Chinese people, Xi hailed the "historic contribution" he has made to China-US relations.

Xi said that despite the twists and turns, Sino-US relations have generally maintained steady progress over the past four decades.

He added that as the world undergoes unprecedented changes that have not been seen in the past 100 years, it is the international community's expectation that China-US relations will continue to move forward in the right direction.

Xi called on the US to respect China's right to develop according to its chosen path and respect China's legitimate rights and interests, meet each other halfway, and jointly safeguard the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties. (People's Daily app)

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China's CPI up 2.5 pct, PPI up 3.3 pct in October

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China's CPI rose 2.5 percent year-on-year in October, unchanged from that in September, data showed Friday.

That ended a rising streak for four consecutive months.

For the first 10 months, the CPI gained 2.1 percent from one year earlier, well below the government's target ceiling of 3 percent for 2018, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

China's PPI rose 3.3 percent year-on-year in October, the NBS said Friday.

The growth rate has dropped for four consecutive months.

NBS statistician Sheng Guoqing said the carryover effect contributed 1.2 percentage points to the PPI growth, while new factors contributed 2.1 percentage points. (Xinhua)

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US to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

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The US will no longer allow people who enter the country illegally to claim asylum.

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official called the "historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system" along the border with Mexico.

The new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to get President Donald Trump's signature shortly -- as well as face court challenges.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that the right to request asylum must be granted to anyone entering the country, regardless of where they were. (AFP)

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One person killed in Melbourne stabbing

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One person was stabbed to death and two others wounded after they were attacked by a man in the center of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday, police said.

Police shot the man who threatened officers with a knife and he is in a critical condition under guard at a hospital, Victoria Police told reporters.

Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers. One of the officers raises his weapon, a shot is heard and the man falls to the ground clutching his chest. (China Daily)

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Quanzhou leak called environmental pollution incident: officials

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The chemical leak affecting air and water quality in a coastal city in southeast China was identified as an environmental pollution incident.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday when a tube connecting a transport vessel to the wharf broke and spilled 6.9 tons of C9 aromatics into the sea.

A chemical used in refining crude oil, C9 is typically used to produce adhesives, printing ink and paint, and is toxic to humans.

The C9 spill could pollute soil, air and water, which may risk affecting people’s central nervous system and upper respiratory tract. People reported a pungent smell in the air. (People's Daily app)

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Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin wins Arthur C. Clarke award

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On Friday, Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin won 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society from the Clarke Foundation at the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington DC.

Introduced as "acclaimed author of The Three Body Problem and other science fiction works, winner of the Hugo and five Chinese Galaxy Awards", Liu received the award and delivered a speech in English.

Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society was started in 2012 and is presented annually.

It's an honor for Liu that he got the award under the name of his favorite sci-fi master. Liu said in his reception speech that Clarke was the one that led him into sci-fi world and ignited his imagination ever since the 1980s. (China Daily)

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Macron stirs anger with World War I tribute to Nazi collaborator Petain

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And French President Emmanuel Macron said it was "legitimate" to pay tribute to Marshal Philippe Petain.

He led the French army to victory in World War I's Battle of Verdun, but decades later collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

Macron's plan to honor Petain alongside seven other French marshals who directed military campaigns during World War I has unleashed criticism from Jewish groups, political opponents and on social media.

After the war, Petain was sentenced to death for treason.

But then-President General Charles de Gaulle reduced the punishment to life in prison. (CGTN)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Xiangyu)

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