CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (3/27/2019 Wed.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (3/27/2019 Wed.)

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18:30, March 27, 2019

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

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Chinese President Xi Jinping returns to Beijing after Italy, Monaco, France visits

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Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday after state visits to Italy, Monaco and France.

He visited the three countries from March 21 to 26.

The European tour were Xi's first overseas trips this year.

They have helped strengthen the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership and enhance global security and prosperity. (Xinhua)

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Chinese international student missing since Saturday found alive

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A Chinese international student missing since Saturday from north of Toronto has been found alive and safe, Ontario Provincial Police said, Canadian media reported. 

Wanzhen Lu, 22, was found at a residence in Gravenhurst, according to the report. 

OPP Sgt. Jason Folz told CBC Toronto a resident found a man looking for help at the end of a driveway in the quiet cottage town, which is approximately 180 kilometres from Toronto.

When officers arrived, the man identified himself as Lu.

He has been taken to a nearby hospital for assessment of what appear to be minimal injuries. (People’s Daily app)

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China issues white paper on democratic reform, achievements in Tibet

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China's State Council Information Office has issued a white paper on democratic reform, and the leap of development in Tibet over the past six decades.

The document said the democratic reform in Tibet is the greatest and most profound social transformation in the history of Tibet.

It said that by abolishing serfdom, Tibet was able to establish a new social system that liberated the people and made them the masters of the nation and society, thus ensuring their rights in all matters. (Xinhua)

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Huge explosion hits Stockholm, several reportedly injured

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Several people were wounded by a massive blast in the Swedish capital on Wednesday night, according to local newspaper.

The police received some calls overnight from people reporting loud banging noises in Vinsta in the western part of Stockholm, representative of the Swedish police Fredrik Andersson stated. According to him, the blast occurred at 1:00 AM local time.

Andersson also said that several people had been admitted to the hospital with minor wounds, adding that one of the victims had been injured by glass shards following the explosion.

Police have temporarily blocked off the area and started a preliminary investigation into the cause of the incident. (People’s Daily app, with input from Sputniknews.com)

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Pence calls for returning American astronauts to moon within 5 years

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US Vice President Mike Pence announced a plan to return American astronauts to the moon within five years.

The announcement is four years ahead of NASA's current plan of sending crew to the surface of the moon by 2028.

He pointed out it was in the 1960s when the US became the first nation to reach the moon.

Pence said the first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American, and that they will land at the lunar South Pole, which has "great scientific, economic, and strategic value." (Xinhua)

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Prosecutors dismiss charges against Smollett, draw backlash

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Infuriating Chicago's mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence and insisted he was attacked.

Prosecutors said they still believe Smollett concocted the assault. They gave no detailed explanation for why they abandoned the case only five weeks after filing the charges and threatening to pursue Smollett for the cost of a monthlong investigation.

The dismissal drew an immediate backlash. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the deal "a whitewash of justice" and lashed out at Smollett for dragging the city's reputation "through the mud" in a quest to advance his career.

Smollett's attorneys said his record was "wiped clean" of the 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was assaulted by two men. The actor, who also agreed to do community service, insisted that he had "been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one." (AP)

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Huawei welcomes Brussels' recommendation on 5G security

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And Huawei's chief representative to the European Union said that it welcomes the objective approach of the European Commission's recommendation on 5G security.

A company statement said based on mutual understanding, Huawei looks forward to contributing to the European framework on cybersecurity.

The statement added that Huawei is firmly committed to continuing working with all regulators and partners to make the 5G rollout in Europe a success. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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