CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (12/27/2018 Thu.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (12/27/2018 Thu.)

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20:33, December 27, 2018

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

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China's BeiDou navigation system starts to offer global service

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China's home-grown Beidou navigation system, has started to offer global service.

A spokesman said basic system using orbiting BeiDou-3 satellites is in place, and can provide reliable global positioning, navigation, and timing services with high accuracy.

Beidou began services to civilian users in China and parts of the Asia-Pacific region in late 2012. (People's Daily app & China Daily)

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Jobs of Fed chair, treasury secretary '100 percent' safe: Trump adviser

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The jobs of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are “100 percent” safe, said a top White House economist. 

This came after reports that US President Donald Trump was considering sacking the central bank chief and was unhappy with the senior finance official. 

Reports emerged last week that the Fed's fourth interest rate hike this year and the stock market losses fueled the president's dissatisfaction. (Xinhua)

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China's industrial profits up 11.8 pct. in first 11 months

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China's major industrial firms achieved a total profit of 6.12 trillion yuan in the first 11 months, up 11.8 percent year-on-year.

The figure was down 1.8 percent compared with that from January to October.

Official said decline in profits reflected slowing growth in sales and producer prices as well as rising costs. (CGTN)

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Indonesia widens danger zone around island volcano

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Indonesia on Thursday raised the danger level for Anak Krakatau volcano and widened its no-go zone.

Last Saturday, the volcano triggered a tsunami which killed hundreds. 

The government has warned Sunda Strait communities to stay away from the coastline, because of the increased volcanic activity. (AP) 

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China's underwater glider sets new record

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A Chinese underwater glider set a new record by sailing continuously 3,619.6 km for 141 days.

Codenamed Haiyan, the glider can survey marine conditions, such as temperatures, salinity and currents, in large bodies of water over a long period of time. (Xinhua)

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Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

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In a surprise visit to Iraq, US President Donald Trump defended the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global "policeman."

Trump said the US mission in Syria was to strip "Islamic State" of its military strongholds — not to be a nation-builder. He claimed that that's a job that should be shouldered by other rich nations. (AFP & AP)

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Panda sisters released into the wild

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A pair of captive-bred pandas was released into the wild in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The pandas, named Qin Xin and Xiao Hetao, are both female. Breeders said they have gained the survival skills necessary for living in the wild. 

Since 2010, nine giant pandas have been freed from their captive environment in China, seven of which have survived. (People’s Daily app)

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And tha's the People's Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by Chen Lidan and Qiao Wai)

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