CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (8/12/2019 Mon.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (8/12/2019 Mon.)

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21:26, August 12, 2019

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

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Beijing new airport flights start selling tickets

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Passengers can now book flights departing from Beijing Daxing International Airport, according to a report by Beijing Youth Daily.

Compared to those departing from Beijing Capital International Airport, flights operating out of the new airport, which will begin operation on Sept 30, are generally priced lower because of route charges and services included in the tickets, the report said.

On the ticket booking platform of Qunar, an online travel company, tickets are available for flights from the new airport to Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Kunming from Sept 30.

In addition, international routes, including to London, Helsinki, Casablanca, Fukuoka and Kathmandu, can be booked and the prices are generally cheaper than those taking off from the Beijing Capital International Airport. (China Daily)

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HKSAR gov't condemns violence as protesters hurl petrol bombs

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government condemned violent acts of protesters on Sunday.

It said in unlawful assemblies in various districts, violent protesters vandalized public property, blocked roads, besieged police stations, and aimed laser beams and hurled bricks at police officers.

It added that due to the persistent and large-scale illegal and violent acts, some public facilities were closed early and emergency services and commercial activities were obstructed. (Xinhua)

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Fire at US day care center kills five children

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A fire at a day care center in the US state of Pennsylvania killed at least five children on Sunday, according to local authorities.

The fire was reported early Sunday at a day care center in Erie, a lakeside town in northern Pennsylvania. According to the Chief of the Erie Fire Department, multiple people were trapped inside the three-storey single family house, which abruptly caught fire, a witness said.

The chief said the victims were aged from eight months to seven years.Seven people, including young children, were rescued, and the owner of the day care center, an adult female, was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment, he added. (Xinhua)

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US pork farmers worried about market prospect amid protracted trade tensions with China

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US pork farmers are increasingly concerned that their efforts to secure a foothold in China are evaporating due to continued trade disputes between the world's two largest economies.

Since 2018, the Trump administration has placed several rounds of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports. 

In retaliation, US pork entering China is among the US imports that have been levied by the Chinese side.

US authorities said American hog farmers are estimated to be losing on 1 billion dollars annually due to trade tensions with China.

More than 25 percent of the country's total pork production is exported, with China being a major buyer. (Xinhua)

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S. Korea to remove Japan from 'white list' from September

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South Korea said on Monday it plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast-track trade status from September, a tit-for-tat move that deepens a diplomatic and trade rift between the two countries. 

Tighter trade regulations, including potential lengthy permit application processes, will apply to South Korean exports to Japan related to weapons production and machine tools, South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement. 

South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy said that Seoul's export control of strategic materials will be run to meet the basic principle of the international export control system. The minister said it will be hard to closely cooperate with a country which violates the basic principle of the international export control system or continues to run the system inappropriately, apparently referring to Japan. (CGTN)

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Williams retires because of injury as Andreescu wins Rogers

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And Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Serena Williams retired because of an injury.

Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout.

Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that the 37-year-old Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.

Williams’ retirement was the last of several high-profile injuries at the Rogers Cup. 

Fourth-seeded Simona Halep withdrew from her quarterfinal matchup with Marie Bouzkova. (AP)

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China has world's largest EV charging infrastructure network

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China has built the world's largest electronic vehicle charging infrastructure network, attracting capital from diversified sources, Sina Finance reported on Monday.

By June this year, the number of EV charging piles used in China exceeded 1 million, according to data released by National Energy Administration's China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance.

Public charging piles in China totaled more than 410,000 by the end of June, while the number of private charging piles surpassed 590,000 by the same period.

The demand of EV charging piles maintains strong growth momentum, as the number of electronic vehicles continues to increase in China.  (China Daily)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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