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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (3/28/2018 Wed.)

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20:22, March 28, 2018


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


Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un hold talks in Beijing

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes an unofficial visit to China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping says positive changes had taken place on the Korean Peninsula since this year, and that China appreciates the important efforts made by North Korea.

He added that China sticks to the goal of the denuclearization of the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation.

For his part, Kim says the situation on the Korean Peninsula is starting to get better, with North Korea taking the initiative to ease tensions and put forward proposals for peace talks.

Xinhua reports that Xi invited Kim, who visited China from Sunday to Wednesday.


Chinese SOEs profits rise 25.3% in Jan-Feb


Chinese State-owned enterprises report solid profit growth in the first two months of 2018.

This, as the economy began the year with better-than-expected performance.

The government is improving their performance through a series of reforms, moving toward mixed ownership and market-oriented management.

Earlier this month, policymakers vowed to make Chinese SOEs front runners in pursuing high-quality development through reform and innovation.


US, South Korea overhaul free trade agreement


The Trump administration says it has widened US access to South Korea’s car market.

Senior US officials say the two countries have reached an agreement to overhaul the 6-year-old US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

The new deal doubles the cars each US automaker can export annually to South Korea, reduces bureaucratic barriers to American products and extends a 25 percent US tariff on South Korean pickup trucks by 20 years.

South Korea escapes America’s new 25 percent tariff on imported steel, but must accept quotas on steel exports equal to 70 percent of its average annual shipments to the US from 2015 to 2017.


France bids farewell to hero policeman


French President Macron will lead a ceremony to honor a heroic policeman who died offering himself as a hostage in a jihadist attack.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame was the fourth and final victim in the shooting spree last Friday.

He had taken the place of a woman held as a final hostage in a supermarket by a 25-year-old gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

France has lost more than 240 lives to jihadists over the past three years. 


China grants 1st operating license for pilot drone deliveries

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China approves a courier the first operating license for experimental drone deliveries in China.

Authorities granted a subsidiary of China's leading courier SF Express the license in East China's Jiangxi Province. 

It allows the commercial operation of drone deliveries in a pilot zone in Jiangxi's Ganzhou City.

A company manager says the next step would be to expand operations in the province and China.

Drone delivery tests have been carried out in a Ganzhou district since June 2017.


Remains of 20 Chinese soldiers return from South Korea


South Korea returns the remains of 20 Chinese People's Volunteer soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

A handover ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport.

Over 197,000 CPV soldiers were believed to have perished in the war, with most buried on the Korean Peninsula.

An agreement between China and South Korea states that the two sides consult every year on the handover of remains of Chinese soldiers found in South Korea.

So far, the remains of 589 Chinese soldiers have been returned.


China launches national health commission


And China officially inaugurates the National Health Commission.

It’s part of a massive institutional reshuffle.

State Council vice premier Sun Chunlan urged health institutions to strengthen the work to offer comprehensive, lifecycle health services to the Chinese people.

Sun also called for more efforts on healthy lifestyles and deepening medical and healthcare reform.


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

(Produced by David Nye, Chen Lidan and Liang Peiyu)

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