CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/28/2019 Tue.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/28/2019 Tue.)

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17:42, May 28, 2019


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


EU rejects US claim of car exports threatening national security


The European Council "firmly rejected" the claim that EU car exports threaten US national security.

This, even as a council official said they welcome the US decision to postpone tariffs on imported cars by 180 days.

In April, the European Council approved mandates for the European Commission to open negotiations with Washington on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment.

The following month, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation setting a six-month deadline for the US to reach a deal with the EU and Japan to "address the threatened impairment of national security with respect to imported automobiles and certain automobile parts." (Xinhua)


Cambodia sells first-ever batch of bananas to China


A ceremony was held on Monday by Cambodian and Chinese authorities to celebrate the first time for Cambodia to export bananas to China. The trade also marks the successful implementation of mutually-beneficial cooperation pushed forward by the Belt and Road Initiative.

The first shipment of 100 tons of bananas from Cambodia on May 9 arrived in Shanghai, East China last Wednesday.

To foster agricultural collaboration along the Belt and Road, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs accepted 10 demonstration areas of overseas agricultural cooperation. The Cambodia-China Tropical Agriculture Demonstration Area in Kratie, Cambodia is one of them. (People’s Daily app)


Hospital blamed for infections


Two administrators at a hospital in Dongtai, Jiangsu province, have been removed from their posts after 69 patients were infected with the hepatitis C virus.

A dialysis unit at Dongtai People's Hospital was determined to be responsible for the contamination.

A panel of specialists from the National Health Commission and provincial and city health authorities said that lax management at the hospital was to blame for the infections.

The two administrators were the hospital’s president and deputy president. (China Daily)


Two dead, including 12-yr-old, after Japan mass stabbing


A knife-wielding attacker killed a 12-year-old schoolgirl and another man before stabbing himself to death in a rampage outside Tokyo Tuesday that also injured more than a dozen including several children.

The mass stabbing in the town of Kawasaki, south of the Japanese capital, was a rare attack in a country with one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and there was no immediate detail on the suspect's motive.

Kiyoshi Matsuda, deputy director of the Nippon Medical School Musashi Kosugi Hospital, told reporters that the 12-year-old schoolgirl and a 39-year-old man had succumbed to their injuries.

Local media reported that the suspected attacker, a man in his 50s, had also died of his wounds after turning the knife on himself. Emergency services said at least 16 others had been injured in the attack. (AFP)


3 dead, 2 missing after metro tunnel collapse in east China


At least three workers have been confirmed dead and two others were still missing following a collapse at a metro tunnel construction site in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

Officials said the collapse occurred at 5:40 pm Monday at a construction site of the No. 4 Metro Line, when five workers were trapped. 

They said search and rescue operations are continuing. (Xinhua)


China issues assessment standards on family foster care


China has released a document on the assessment standards of family foster care for children, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

According to the document, the environment of foster families should be favorable for the children's growth. Foster families that fail to perform their duties or abuse the children will have their qualifications withdrawn.

The document detailed the age, and physical and mental condition of children that are suitable for foster care, requiring the opinions of children be taken into consideration.

It is also stated in the document that the assessment on foster families and children should be conducted by qualified third parties, including social organizations that specialize in child welfare work. (Xinhua)


Malawi's Mutharika declared winner of tight presidential election


And Malawi's incumbent President Peter Mutharika has been re-elected.

The announcement followed the ruling by a court to throw away an injunction filed by the main opposition party, which had called for the suspension of the announcement of results and recount.

The court said the election was free and fair, and represented the true reflection of the will of Malawi. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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