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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/10/2019 Tue.)

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20:35, September 10, 2019


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


Carrie Lam: HKSAR government sincere in dialogue initiative


Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her government is "very sincere" in initiating dialogue with all members of the public, including protesters.

She said some groups have shown willingness to conduct dialogue with the government, and reiterated the priority is to end violence and restore order in Hong Kong as soon as possible.

Lam said the SAR government has never recognized foreign interference in its affairs, and called for respect from the U.S. to leave Hong Kong affairs to itself.

She also appealed to local residents to stop asking the US government and Congress to get involved in any passages related to human rights in Hong Kong. (Xinhua)


UK govt formally suspends Parliament for 5 weeks


The British government has formally suspended Parliament, sending lawmakers home for five weeks amid a Brexit crisis.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's bid to call a snap election in October was defeated for a second time.

Lawmakers will return on Oct. 14, little more than two weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union on Oct. 31.

It is the first time in more than 70 years a British government has suspended Parliament when faced with opposition.

The opposition accused Prime Minister Johnson of trying to stop lawmakers studying his Brexit plan. (AP)


DPRK fires 2 unidentified projectiles into East Sea: S.Korea


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the eastern waters from its western region on Tuesday.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew as far as 330 kilometers into the East Sea.

South Korea said its military was monitoring relevant situations in preparation for further launches, while maintaining a readiness posture.

It said the DPRK's acts would be of no help to efforts to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua)


Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are 'dead'


The Taliban vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said talks with the insurgents were “dead".

The Taliban's statement came hours after Trump told reporters that the US was walking away from negotiations.

Last week, Trump cancelled peace talks with Taliban leaders scheduled at the Camp David on Sunday after the group said it was behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

The Taliban and US officials had nearly a year of talks that aimed to pave the way for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of war. (AFP)


4 crew members trapped in capsized ship off US state of Georgia rescued alive


The US Coast Guard said all four crew members trapped in a cargo ship that overturned off the US state of Georgia were alive and had been rescued.

The Golden Ray cargo vessel tumbled in St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia on Sunday, shortly after leaving Brunswick, Georgia for Baltimore, Maryland.

Twenty crew members were quickly rescued, but salvage efforts halted until Monday due to a fire on board and the unstable condition of the ship.

The ship is owned by South Korean company Hyundai Glovis. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation. (Xinhua)


Jack Ma steps down as Alibaba chairman


Jack Ma, founder of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba, stepped down as the company's chairman on Tuesday.

Ma is one of China's wealthiest and best-known entrepreneurs. He gave up his post on his 55th birthday as part of a succession announced a year ago. 

He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a 36-member group with the right to nominate a majority of the company's board of directors.

Ma's successor is CEO Daniel Zhang, a former accountant and 12-year veteran of Alibaba. He previously was president of its consumer-focused business unit. (China Plus&AP)


August: China's CPI up 2.8%, PPI down 0.8%


And China's consumer price index rose by 2.8 percent in August from the same period last year.

Food prices climbed 10 percent, or 0.9 percentage points higher than in July.

Due to the approaching Mid-Autumn Festival and the substitution of consumption, prices of eggs, beef, lamb, chicken and duck increased by up to 5.9 percent.

Among major industries, prices in the oil and natural gas extraction industries dropped by 9.1 percent. (CGTN)


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

(Produced by David Nye, Chen Lidan and Wang Xiangyu)

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