CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/17/2018 Mon.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/17/2018 Mon.)

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20:18, September 17, 2018


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


4 dead as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slams south China


Four people are confirmed dead in Guangdong as Super Typhoon Mangkhut ravaged the southern Chinese province.

Mangkhut made landfall Sunday afternoon on the coast of Jiangmen City, Guangdong, packing winds up of to 162 kilometers per hour.

Officials said three people were killed by falling trees in Guangzhou, while another person died after being hit by collapsing construction materials in Dongguan.

They said more than three million people had been relocated and over 49,000 fishing boats were called back to port in the province.  (Xinhua)


FAST to start formal operation in 2019 


China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, will start formal operation and open to Chinese astronomers in 2019, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC).

FAST has discovered 44 new pulsars since its trial operation began in September 2016, and it is still being improved, said Li Di, chief scientist of FAST, in a recent astronomy forum held in Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua)


Korean leaders to hold two meetings, denuclearization a key issue


South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un will hold their third summit in Pyongyang from Tuesday to Thursday as agreed upon in their April summit at the border village of Panmunjom.

Moon and Kim met in Panmunjom on April 27 for the first time, signing the Panmunjom Declaration in which the two sides agreed to improve inter-Korean relations, ease military tensions and completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

A general-level military dialogue was held in late July between the two sides, which shared views over the need to gradually withdraw guard posts inside the demilitarized zone.

That’s a buffer zone which left the peninsula divided, and jointly excavate the remains of fallen soldiers killed inside the DMZ during the Korean War.  (People’s Daily app)


Amazon probing staff data leaks 


Amazon is investigating allegations that some of its staff sold confidential customer data to third party companies particularly in China, the online giant confirmed on Sunday.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, which did not give figures, employees of the e-retailer sell internal data and other confidential information -- usually through intermediaries -- to merchants who sell their goods on the US giant's website.

On Amazon, customers can buy products sold directly by the company along with goods from many other merchants.

The practice under investigation is a violation of company policy. It is particularly present in China, the paper said, citing the example of intermediaries in Shenzhen working for group employees and selling information on sales volumes for payments ranging from 80 to more than 2,000 dollars. (AFP)


Woman accusing Trump Supreme Court pick of sexual misconduct comes forward


President Donald Trump's conservative pick for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh denied involvement in an alleged sexual assault on a woman while they were in high school in the 1980s.

In a statement, Kavanaugh rejected the woman's claim that he tried to force himself on her at a party.

According to an account in The New Yorker, the incident happened while Kavanaugh attended the elite Georgetown Preparatory Catholic all-boys high school in suburban Washington.

The allegation comes just one week before the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on his nomination.

If approved by the committee and the whole Senate Kavanaugh is likely to decidedly tilt the court to the conservatives for years to come. (AFP)


Gonfa and Aiyabei claim titles at 2018 Beijing Marathon 


Ethiopia's Dejene Debela Gonfa and Valary Jemeli Aiyabei of Kenya both enjoyed a comfortable sole lead in the latter stages to claim the men's and women's titles respectively at the 2018 Beijing Marathon on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Gonfa seized the sole lead after 20 kilometers and led all the way to the finish line with a winning time of two hours, 12 minutes, and eight seconds. It was the second title notched by Gonfa this year in China as he also took the victory at the Xiamen Marathon in January. (China Plus)


Chinese ambassador speaks on recent Chinese tourists incident


And the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden has weighed in on the alleged brutal treatment of Chinese tourists by Swedish police.

A Stockholm newspaper journalist said she doubts whether the Chinese Embassy in Sweden had carried out an in-depth inquiry of the incident before taking diplomatic action.

Gui said the embassy had reached out to the parties involved, informed the Swedish government and requested a meeting with Swedish police. However, there was no response to the request.

Gui said the three Chinese tourists had a reservation at the hotel and arrived several hours earlier. (CGTN)


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

(Produced by David Nye, Qu Qiuyan and Qiao Wai)

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