CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (8/29/2019 Thu.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (8/29/2019 Thu.)

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19:16, August 29, 2019

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

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China to hold grand celebration, military parade on National Day

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China said it would put on a grand celebration, followed by a military parade and pageantry in Tian'anmen Square on Oct. 1, the National Day, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Some advanced weapons will make their debut in the military parade, the scale of which is expected to be greater than the ones for the 50th and 60th founding anniversary of the PRC, as well as the V-Day military parade in 2015.

Party and state leaders and representatives from different fields will also enjoy a gala and a fireworks show in the evening. (Xinhua)

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PLA garrison in Hong Kong completes 22nd routine rotation

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The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Thursday morning completed the 22nd rotation since it began garrisoning Hong Kong in 1997.

Approved by the Central Military Commission, the move is a normal routine annual rotation in line with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Garrisoning the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The new personnel arrived at the garrison barracks via land, sea and air.

The garrison pledges to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, effectively perform the defense duty in Hong Kong and make new and greater contributions in maintaining the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. (Xinhua)

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UK's Johnson moves to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered to give his political opponents even less time to block a chaotic no-deal Brexit before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline by winning Queen Elizabeth II's approval to suspend Parliament.

Johnson insisted he was taking the step so he could outline his domestic agenda, and he shot down the notion that he was curbing debate, saying there would be "ample time" to discuss Brexit and other issues.

The EU is adamant it will not renegotiate the agreement struck with former Prime Minister Theresa May on the terms of Britain's departure and the framework of future relations. (AP)

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S. Korea Supreme Court orders retrial for ex-president Park

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South Korea's top court on Thursday set aside former president Park Geun-hye's convictions in the sprawling scandal that saw her ousted from power and ordered the case to be heard again.

Park was convicted in April last year on bribery and abuse of power charges and sentenced to 24 years, later extended for an additional 12 months.

But the Supreme Court ruled that separate verdicts should have been reached on the bribery counts.

Park's first trial lasted 10 months and highlighted shady links between big business and politics in South Korea, with Park and her close friend Choi Soon-sil accused of taking bribes from corporate bigwigs in exchange for preferential treatment.

Park, now 67, boycotted most of the proceedings in protest at being held in custody. (AFP)

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Argentina asks IMF to restructure debt payments

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Argentina asked the International Monetary Fund to restructure its debt payments on the $56 billion bail-out loan agreed last year in a bid to calm market turbulence.

The IMF said in a statement that it will "continue to stand with Argentina during these challenging times.”

Debt repayments are due to begin in 2021 while the latest loan disbursement of $5.4 billion is expected next month.

Argentina has suffered market volatility since business-friendly President Mauricio Macri was trounced in party primaries three weeks ago by leftist challenger Alberto Fernandez. (AFP)

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At least 8 dead after tornado hits S. China's Hainan

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A tornado touched down in an area near the intersection of Zhongxing Street and Industrial Road in downtown Danzhou City, Hainan Province, at about 3:30 am on August 29.

With a magnitude of three, the tornado affected two construction site dormitories, killing at least eight people and injuring two others.

At present, the injured have been sent to the hospital for treatment and the rehabilitation work is under way.

The tornado also damaged several nearby homes and power lines, and toppled some trees.

Local authorities are stepping up repairs and restoration, with specific damage being investigated. (People’s Daily app)

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China to award commemorative medals to mark 70th anniversary of PRC founding

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And the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission will jointly issue medals in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The awarding of the medals is of significance to promoting patriotic education, fostering and practicing core socialist values as well as strengthening the power to unite and the ability to inspire in the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics. (Xinhua)

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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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