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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (2/25/2019 Mon.)

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21:09, February 25, 2019


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


China, US conclude latest round of trade talks with substantial progress


Chinese and US negotiators on Sunday wrapped up the latest round of trade talks between the world's top two economies with substantial progress on specific issues.

During the Feb. 21-24 talks in Washington, the seventh round since February last year, the two sides further implemented the important consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, during their December meeting in Argentina, said the Chinese delegation.

They focused their talks on the text of an agreement and achieved substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barriers, service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, added the Chinese team. (Xinhua)


Trump to depart on Feb. 25 for Hanoi summit with Kim


US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would depart for Hanoi on February 25 for his second meeting with Kim Jong-un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Trump hailed his "great relationship" with Kim, adding that the DPRK could "fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the World" in the absence of nuclear weapons.

According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim left Pyongyang on Saturday afternoon by train for Hanoi for the summit.

Trump told the press on Wednesday that his trip to Vietnam would be "very successful," anticipating his two-day meeting with Kim would "accomplish a lot." (Xinhua)


Death toll from China mine accident rises to 22


The death toll from a coal mine accident in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has risen to 22 after one injured died, local authorities said Monday.

The critically injured died Sunday afternoon after treatment failed, the rescue headquarters said. Twenty-eight others were still being treated in hospital.
The accident occurred around 8:20 am Saturday as a shuttle vehicle taking the 50 workers to the underground lost control due to faulty brakes and crashed into the side of the tunnel at a lead, zinc and silver mine under Yinman Mining Company in West Ujimqin Banner, Xilingol League. (Xinhua)


Would-be hijacker was carrying fake gun: Bangladeshi official


A would-be hijacker shot and killed by Bangladeshi commandos was carrying a fake gun and told negotiators he wanted to commandeer a Dubai-bound flight because he had troubles with his wife, officials said Monday.

The 25-year-old was shot and later died of his wounds after taking a crew member hostage on the Biman Airlines jet, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Chittagong airport late Sunday.

Some 134 passengers and 14 crew members were released unharmed after an operation that lasted barely 10 minutes.

Flight BG 147 was going from Dhaka to Dubai via Chittagong when the hijacking started. The man, named only as Mahadi, reportedly wielded a gun in the cabin and tried to storm the cockpit, forcing an emergency landing. (CGTN)


China unveils guideline to toughen supervision over food safety


China has unveiled a guideline to enhance the accountability system of local governments to strengthen supervision over food safety.

Food safety will be included in the performance assessment of the Party and government leading officials, according to the guideline released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council over the weekend.

Food safety, including the safety of agricultural products, will be included in the national economic and social development plan of local governments. It will also be put on local government's work priorities and subject to supervision of law makers and political advisers, according to the guideline. (Xinhua)


Urban areas have better mental health than rural areas: Report


The Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences released its first "Blue Book on Mental Health" with the report "China National Mental Health Development Report (2017-2018)". The report showed that the urban population presented a better overall performance than the rural population.

The report also investigated the mental health characteristics and changing trends based on different factors. For example, surveys for adolescents and children showed that migrant and left-behind children score higher in anxiety, depression and loneliness than in ordinary children.

The survey showed that there is a great demand for improving mental health in China, and the relevant services provided at present are very limited. (People's Daily app)


Pixar's first Chinese-directed Short wins Oscar for Best Animated Short


Chinese-centric "Bao" written and directed by Chinese animator Domee Shi has claimed Best Animated Short at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, or the Oscars, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Paying homage to the endearing relationship between an aging and lonely Chinese woman and a sentient baby dumpling, Disney-Pixar's animation tells a story pulled from the childhood of Shi, who was born in China and raised in Toronto. She started working at Pixar as an intern in 2011, and now she's the first woman to direct a Pixar short. (People's Daily app)


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

(Produced by Zhan Huilan)

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