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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/4/2019 Thu.)

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19:52, July 04, 2019


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

13 arrested after incident at HKSAR LegCo Complex


Hong Kong police said on Thursday that they had arrested at least 13 people who allegedly took part in storming the Legislative Council Complex on Monday.

They were arrested on charges of assaulting the police, possession of offensive weapons, unlawful assembly and forced entry into the LegCo Complex.

Authorities said they would continue gathering evidence and investigating the case. (CGTN)


Beijing: Tariffs must be removed for a China-US trade deal


"Sino-US trade tensions resulted from the US side's unilateral tariffs on Chinese products. If China and the US were to eventually reach a trade deal, the existing US tariffs should all be lifted," said Gao Feng, spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce, at a regular press conference on Thursday.

"The Chinese and US teams are in close contact for trade talks and China hopes the two sides can avoid escalating trade tensions by maintaining equality and mutual respect, which is in line with the agreements reached between the two countries' leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit last week," Gao said.

The spokesperson also mentioned the Chinese side is implementing relevant procedures regarding the unreliable entity list with a set rhythm and urged the US to fulfill its promise that "US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei." (CGTN)


China is not an enemy: US experts


About 100 Asia experts called on the White House and US lawmakers to drop policies deeming China as an enemy.

An open letter published in the Washington post said  that approach will be counterproductive to US interests and the global economy.

They said "there is no single Washington consensus endorsing an overall adversarial stance toward China."

The letter said that to better serve US interests, the White House and Capitol Hill should work with other nations and international organizations, "rather than promote a counterproductive effort to undermine and contain China's engagement with the world." (People's Daily app)


Battery compartment fire causes Russian submersible incident, nuclear reactor intact: defense chief


A fire in the battery compartment and its spread caused the deadly incident on a Russian deep-water apparatus on Monday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

The nuclear reactor on board was not affected, the minister said.

Fourteen sailors died in the fire that broke out on a Russian research submarine in Russian territorial waters on Monday.

The submariners on board were unique military specialists and highly skilled professionals who were conducting a survey of the Barents Sea floor

Some details about the submersible are classified and will not be made public, a Kremlin spokesperson said on Wednesday. (Xinhua)


26 dead as fishing boat sinks off Honduras: official


At least 26 people died when their fishing boat sank off Honduras.

Authorities said the boat was packed with fisherman after a seasonal ban on fishing for lobster was lifted.

The boat sank for unknown reasons near Cayo Gorda.

That's a tiny island just northeast of their point of departure.

Authorities have suspended navigation permits for boats for up to three years whose owners bring on too many fishermen. (AFP)


North China province issues alert for high temperature


Residents have been advised to guard against the heat wave as North China's Hebei Province issued a red alert for high temperatures Wednesday.

Temperatures could rise to 37 to 40 degrees Celsius in central and southern parts of the province on Thursday, according to the provincial observatory.

As of 11 am on Thursday, 17 cities and counties in the province have issued a red alert for high temperatures.

The observatory advised workers exposed to high temperatures should take protective measures.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue. (Xinhua)


Floating platform set up to monitor Tibet's second largest lake


And Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has recently set up a floating platform in its second largest lake of Namtso for research.

That's according to the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The floating platform is equipped with a water quality sensor, an acoustic Doppler current profiler, a meteorological monitor, a data collector, and a wireless signal controller.

Scientists are expected to launch long-term monitoring of the water quantity and quality of Lake Namtso to gain a better understanding of the lake's changes. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Jenny Huang)

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