CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/16/2019 Thu.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/16/2019 Thu.)

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22:13, May 16, 2019


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


Restricting Huawei from doing business in US ‘will not make US more secure’


Huawei said restricting the company from doing business in the US will not make the country more secure or stronger, but eventually harm "the interests of US companies and consumers.”

This comes as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order and announced the so-called "national emergency”.

The order prohibits so-called "transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the US or the security and safety of US persons" in the field of information and communications technology.

Huawei said it is the unparalleled leader in 5G telecom equipment, and that they are willing to communicate with the US government to ensure product security. (People's Daily app)


Trade spat impact 'controllable': Chinese spokesperson


China stressed it's able to deal with the impact unleashed from the trade spat with the US.

Gao Feng, spokesperson of China’s Commerce Ministry, admitted that the escalation in the ongoing trade frictions would certainly impact China and the US and spill over to other places. 

However, the effect will be completely “controllable” by China, and China will weather through the adversaries because relevant measures aimed to stabilizing the economy have been in place and paid off.

The ministry will continue to implement the policies to address the concerns of the business community, watch changes in domestic retail prices and will take measures accordingly. 

He made the remarks at a regular press conference Thursday. (People's Daily app)


China remains largest foreign holder of US Treasuries


China remains the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries.

But it dropped to 1.12 trillion US dollars in March after a three-month rise.

Japan is in second, and held 1.078 trillion dollars in March.

Data shows there was a net foreign outflow of 8.1-billion-dollars in US Treasuries in March. (Xinhua)


Facebook adopts stern policy against online streaming of violent content


Facebook is introducing a stern policy to crack down on live streaming of violent content on its platform, according to media reports.

Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen said Tuesday that the company has pledged to enforce a "one strike" policy to protect its Live service from being used to spread hate, terrorism or other extremist content.

Anyone who shares a link to a statement from a terror group with no context will be barred from using the Live service for a certain period of time.

The company also plans to restrict people who violate the policy from running advertisements on Facebook, and the restrictions will be put in place in the next few weeks. (Xinhua)


Sudan's military council suspends talks with opposition for 72 hours


Sudan's Military Council announced a 72-hour suspension in talks with the major opposition forces.

Conditions for the resumption include removing the barricades put by protesters outside their sitin area, opening the railway line and stopping media escalation, as well as harassment against regular forces.

On Wednesday, the council and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance agreed on powers of the sovereignty council, the council of ministers and the legislative council.

They also agreed to a 3-year transition period, with the first six months to be used to achieve peace in Sudan. (Xinhua)


Beijing tightens rules over uncivilized behavior on subway


Beijing announced it would ban "uncivilized behavior" on subways from Wednesday and those who violate the regulation will get stains on their personal credit reports, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

Behaviors like food consumption (except for infants and those with medical conditions), sales promotion, playing loud music or occupying extra seats are not allowed on the subway.

The regulation also prohibits fare evasion, use of electronic cigarettes, misusing the escalators and loitering around near emergency areas at subway stations.

To better enforce the regulation, the commission said violations will be recorded in personal credit records. For those who refuse to stop misbehaving, they will be asked to get off. Bad records could be removed if violators volunteer their services at the subway stations. (CGTN)


California confirms deadly fire was caused by power lines


And firefighters said electrical power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history.

Pacific Gas and Electric had admitted that its equipment was probably to blame for the disaster.

The so-called Camp Fire in northern California left 85 people dead in November, ravaged more than 60,000 hectares of land and destroyed nearly 19,000 houses and other structures. 

The flames consumed the town of Paradise. (AFP)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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