CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/21/2018 Fri.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (9/21/2018 Fri.)

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20:07, September 21, 2018

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

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China evaluating impact of US tariff measures: MOC

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China is evaluating the impact of the decision by the United States to impose additional tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese products.

A Chinese ministry of commerce spokesperson said China is currently working on targeted measures, and will release and implement the measures at an appropriate time to help Chinese and foreign enterprises in China cope with possible difficulties and challenges.

He added that the unilateral trade protectionist measures of the U.S. hurt not only the interests of enterprises and consumers of both China and the US but also the security of the global industrial chain and supply chain.

He said some foreign companies, including foreign-funded ones, had explored the domestic market in China due to its size and high consumption potential. (China Plus)

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Vietnamese president dies of illness

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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday morning in a hospital in Hanoi at the age of 61, after a long time of illness, state media reported. 

"President Tran Dai died at 10:05 am on the 21st of September at the military hospital," the official Vietnam News Agency reported Friday.

In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent. 

Though he held one of the country's top four positions and was officially the head of state, his role as president was seen as largely ceremonial, greeting visiting leaders and hosting diplomatic events in a bid to boost Vietnam's profile on the world stage.

Quang had appeared thin and pale in public, and was unstable on his feet last week when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi last week.

The National Assembly is scheduled to convene a session next month and expected to elect a new president. (People’s Daily app)

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DPRK leader hopes to rapidly hold 2nd summit with Trump: S.Korean president

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said top Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un had expressed his hope to rapidly hold his second summit with US President Donald Trump during the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

Moon noted that Kim also wished US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit the DPRK.

Moon said he hopes for the rapid resumption of DPRK-US talks, saying conditions were created through the Pyongyang summit to restart the dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

The DPRK called for Moon to broker talks between Pyongyang and Washington, offering to closely cooperate with South Korea for the peninsula's complete denuclearization.

Moon was expected to deliver Kim's message to Trump during his scheduled visit to New York next week at the UN General Assembly. (Xinhua)

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National Energy Administration head under investigation

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Head of the National Energy Administration is being investigated for suspected serious violations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to the top anti-graft agency Friday.

Nur Bekri, also deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, is being investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission. (Xinhua)

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Arsonist nanny in Hangzhou fatal fire executed

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A woman who started a fire that killed four members of a family in 2017 in East China's Zhejiang Province was executed on Friday under the approval of the Supreme People's Court.

Mo Huanjing was a gambling addict and had long been in debt.

She started working as a nanny for the family of Lin Shengbin in September 2016. From March to June 2017, she stole jewelry and watches from the family worth more than 180,000 yuan. She also borrowed 114,000 yuan from Lin's wife ostensibly to "purchase a house," but gambled the money away.

On June 22, 2017, Mo decided to further gain Zhu's trust by lighting a fire and putting it out.

However, the fire spread quickly, and lin’s wife and her three children died of carbon monoxide poisoning. (People's Daily app)

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China unveils measures to boost consumption

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China on Thursday unveiled measures to further tap into the country's residential consumption potential.

The country aims to upgrade consumption to balance supply and demand, increase the residential consumption rate, build a safe consumption environment, and strengthen market supervision, according to a guideline issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.

The guideline outlines specific measures to boost consumption, including fostering new consumption growth impetus, promoting the quality of service consumption and upgrading rural consumption.

China should accelerate establishing a quality standard and consumption rating system and strengthen the establishment of the personal and enterprises' credit system in the consumption sector to build a safe and reliable consumption environment, the guideline says.

The guideline also underlines supporting fiscal, financial, land and distribution policies to improve residential consumption capabilities and expectations. (CGTN)

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UN chief seeks 'renewed commitment' to global rules and values

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And UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a "renewed commitment to a rules-based global order" and to the organization he leads.

He was highlighting his key themes for discussion during the High-Level week of the General Assembly beginning Monday.

He said the participation of 84 Heads of State and 44 Heads of government next week shows the UN was still "the world's indispensable forum for international cooperation.”

He added that a surge in investment for the Sustainable Development Goals is needed, as well as a systemic change in the way the world does business, and a clampdown on money laundering and tax evasion. (People's Dail app)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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