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20:14, June 03, 2019

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14 injured after Japan driverless train goes wrong way


Fourteen passengers were injured after an automated train in suburban Tokyo went in the wrong direction and crashed into a buffer stop.

Reports say some of the injuries appeared to be serious but not life-threatening.

In safety-conscious Japan, the incident is the first to cause injuries since driverless trains were first rolled out 30 years ago.

Compared to self-driving cars that have recently taken the road in several countries on a test basis, automated trains have a relatively long history in Japan and other countries. (AFP)


3,901 missing children found via police's online platform


A total of 3,978 leads related to missing child cases have been provided on the platform called Tuanyuan, meaning reunion in Chinese, according to an awareness-improving event jointly held in Beijing Sunday by the ministry and an office for ministerial liaison conference on combating child trafficking under the State Council.

The platform, which is part of the ministry's efforts to fight against child trafficking, enables police officers to release information on missing children on it.

Also on Sunday, police officers in other parts of the country carried out various forms of activities, including disseminating leaflets on anti-trafficking and answering questions about child trafficking. (Xinhua)


Wei underlines PLA's commitment to peace


The People's Liberation Army will adamantly support regional and world peace, but will not be "bullied or preyed upon" by foreign powers into giving up national sovereignty and legitimate interests.

That’s according to State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe.

Experts said Wei's speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, marked a milestone in Chinese military diplomacy as Wei showcased the PLA's confidence, positions on key issues, and its sincerity and willingness to exchange and cooperate with other countries.

This is the first time in eight years that a Chinese defense minister has participated in the event. (China Daily)


Trump says top White House economist Kevin Hassett leaving


US President Donald Trump says the top White House economist is leaving soon.

In a tweet Sunday night, Trump says the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, will be departing "shortly" and praises him as having "done such a great job for me and the Administration."

Trump says he will name what he calls a "very talented replacement" as soon as he returns to the US from his trip to Europe.

The president adds: "I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!"

Hassett began serving in the Senate-confirmed post in September 2017. (AP)


US ready for unconditional talks with Iran: Pompeo


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is ready for unconditional talks with Tehran.

However, the top US diplomat also emphasized that Washington would not change its effort to reverse Iran's "malign activity.”

Pompeo's remarks came one day after Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that talks between Tehran and Washington would be likely if the latter shows respect.

Iranian authorities have stressed that Tehran would not sit for negotiations under Washington's threats or sanction pressures. (Xinhua)


Chinese customs arrest 12 for diesel smuggling


Chinese customs have busted a gang suspected of smuggling over 49 tonnes of diesel through two fishing boats and three refueling ships.

Twelve people were arrested in the smuggling case, according to the customs of Gongbei Port, south China's Guangdong Province.

An investigation has found that sailors hired by domestic businessmen drove boats to smuggle diesel from Hong Kong to Zhuhai in Guangdong, before further selling to domestic boats.

About 310 tonnes of diesel worth 1.8 million yuan (about $260,900) has been smuggled into the mainland since March this year. A further investigation is underway. (Xinhua)


China's manufacturing PMI edges down


And China’s composite purchasing managers' index for May was down slightly from the previous month.

This, as the country’s business activities remained steady.

Meantime, the drop in the manufacturing index was mainly driven by a slump in the new orders sub-index, which was due to decline in new export orders.

China has rolled out a series of policies to shore up growth.

These include reforms on the value-added tax, a reduction in social security rates, and financial support for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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