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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/11/2019 Wed.)

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20:27, September 11, 2019

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

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Pakistani FM hails poverty alleviation as China's 'impressive development'

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said poverty reduction is the most impressive development in the past 70 years of human rights progress since the People's Republic of China was founded.

He told the Chinese people that "you have done wonders, and we would like to see China move from where it is to even greater heights.”

He said that the "two friends" are promoting connectivity and socio-economic development through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a major Belt and Road cooperation project. (Xinhua)

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China unveils lists of US products to be excluded from additional tariffs

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China on Wednesday unveiled the first set of lists of U.S. goods to be excluded from the first round of additional tariffs on U.S. products.

The exemption will be effective from Sept. 17, 2019 to Sept. 16, 2020, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said in a statement.

Two lists of goods will be excluded from China's first round of tariff countermeasures against the U.S. Section 301 measures.

Next, the commission will continue to work on the exemption process and release subsequent lists in due course, according to the statement. (Xinhua)

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S.Korea files complaint with WTO against Japan's export restrictions

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South Korea on Wednesday filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Japan over its restrictions on the export to South Korea of three materials vital to make memory chips and display panels.

The South Korean government decided to file the suit with the WTO over Japan's moves in order to protect national interests and prevent the repeated abuse of trade for political purposes.

It said Japan's export curbs were a discriminatory act directly targeting South Korea and were politically motivated against the South Korean top court's rulings on the wartime forced labor. (Xinhua)

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Tiger shark numbers fall 71 pct on Australia's Queensland coast

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New research from two Australian universities on Wednesday has revealed that tiger shark numbers have declined 71 percent on the Queensland State coast.

"This has been particularly rapid in southern regions which is unusual," lead author Dr. Chris Brown from the Griffith University Australian Rivers Institute said.

Coming as a surprise to researchers and the wider community, the tiger shark-tracking data follows a recent spate of attacks on the Great Barrier Reef. (Xinhua)

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Apple launches major fall event with new line of iPhones, iPads

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Apple announced a new line of iPhones, including iPhone 11 and Pro, iPads, Apple Watch 5 Series and other products and services at its major fall event.

The company said its iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch Retina display with a dual-camera system positioned in the back, which can shoot 4K videos with a longer battery life that lasts up to 17 hours. Its selfie camera can be switched to landscape mode and shoot slow-motion videos.

The company added those who buy any Apple product can get a free one-year subscription to Apple TV Plus. (Xinhua)

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Mooncake makers set to tap growing overseas demand

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Mooncake manufacturers in southern China's Guangdong province are looking forward to a bright and prosperous Mid-Autumn Festival this year amid increased overseas demand for the festive treat.

Due to the growing demand from overseas markets, many mooncake producers are now sparing no effort to expand their production and diversify their products to earn more foreign currency before the festival.

Mooncake producers and traders from Guangdong have earned more than $5 million so far this year after selling a total of 129 batches of mooncakes, weighing 477 metric tons by the end of August, according to a statement released by Guangzhou Customs.

And exports of the popular treat, a traditional gift during the Mid-Autumn Festival, are expected to continue to soar in the coming days, said the statement. (China Daily)

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About 4,000 young participants to visit cities in Greater Bay Area

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And a group of around 4,000 young people from Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will visit three Chinese mainland cities within the region on Sept 21 and 22.

The project aims to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, enhance Hong Kong and Macao young people's understanding of the development of the country, and promote communication among young people in the region. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Cheng Weidan)

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