CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (3/11/2019 Mon.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (3/11/2019 Mon.)

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19:54, March 11, 2019


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


China temporarily grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes


China has ordered domestic airlines to temporarily suspend using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

This, after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed on Sunday.

Ethiopian Airlines has also grounded its 737 MAX fleet.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital Sunday morning.

Authorities said alll 157 on board were killed.

Those killed include tourists, business travelers and UN staff headed for a conference. 

This was the second time in less than five months that the same model was involved in a deadly crash. (People’s Daily app)


Trump proposes stiff domestic spending cuts in FY 2020: presidential advisor


U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said Trump plans to cut domestic spending "across the board" by 5 percent in its proposed 2020 budget.

Larry Kudlow said Trump is due to send the 2020 budget blueprint to Congress on Monday.

Kudlow said that recent budget deals "have not been favorable towards spending," and that curbing spending in domestic programs is "exactly the right prescription." (Xinhua)


China to punish makers, sellers of fake products "until bankruptcy"


China said it will substantially increase the cost for breaking the law in the crackdown on intellectual property rights infringements and counterfeits.

An official said violators will also be exposed to the public and "have no place to hide under the sunshine.

He said the country will push for the self-discipline of companies and nurture a social credit system. 

He added that the government hopes to gradually reduce the number of fake products, and ease public concerns. (Xinhua)


Brexit in peril if May's deal is rejected, UK foreign minister warns



British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt warned that Brexit is in peril if British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is rejected.

He said that there was momentum behind a move to stop Britain from leaving the European Union, and Brexit could be reversed unless lawmakers backed the government's exit deal on Tuesday. (CGTN)


China to strengthen vaccine management: regulator


China will strengthen management and supervision of vaccines to ensure their safety.

That’s according to Jiao Hong, the head of the country’s National Medical Products Administration.

He said China's vaccines are generally safe, and that the development of a vaccine management mechanism with long-term effects is underway.

He added that vaccine-producing companies should build a sound quality management system, product safety tracing and risk reporting mechanisms. (People’s Daily app)


Malaysia releases Indonesian woman after dropping charge for murdering DPRK man 


Malaysia released an Indonesian woman on Monday, after prosecutors withdrew the murder charge against her for the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at a Malaysian airport in 2017.

Siti Aisyah was charged together with a Vietnamese national for killing the DPRK man by smearing VX nerve agent on the man's face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017.

The public prosecutor did not give a reason for the move in court, and said she was free to leave the country.

Indonesia said it is pleased with the court’s decision. (Xinhua)


Powell reiterates US Fed's independence 


And US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he doesn’t think President Donald Trump could fire him, re-emphasizing the Fed's monetary policy independence.

Trump has repeatedly exerted pressure on the Fed to hold off on rate hikes, saying that monetary tightening impeded economic progress.

Trump reportedly considered firing the central bank chief a few months ago.

He reiterated his criticism of the Fed's monetary policy about a week ago, saying that increased interest rates led to a strong dollar that's "prohibitive for us to be dealing with other nations and taking their business." (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Qu Qiuyan)

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