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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (4/6/2018 Fri.)

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21:56, April 06, 2018

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

 

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Trump proposes additional tariffs against $100 billion Chinese goods

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is asking the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to consider additional tariffs on $100 billion of Chinese goods.

Trump said the USTR determined that China "has repeatedly engaged in practices to unfairly obtain America's intellectual property."

US stock index futures fell in reaction to Trump's latest statement.

China on Wednesday unveiled a list of products worth of 50 billion dollars imported from the United States that will be subject to higher tariffs.

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Video apps retreat from Android store as illegal content disturbs public

Chinese video applications Kuaishou and Huoshan quietly retreated from Android app store on Thursday for increasing public criticism on their failure to censor illegal content, including features of teenage mothers and advertisements for fake products.

Kuaishou and Huoshan, two of the most popular short video platforms in China, were exposed and criticized last Sunday by state media for allowing teenage girls below the legal age for marriage to upload videos showing off themselves being pregnant, and harmful advertising videos teaching users how to apply cosmetic medical products, most of which, if not all, came from unreliable sources.

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China to fight US protectionism "at any cost"

China will fight "at any cost" and take "comprehensive countermeasures" if the United States continues its unilateral, protectionist practices, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce said Friday.

The spokesperson said on Sino-US trade, China has made its position very clear. We don't want a trade war, but we are not afraid of such a war.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang also made similar pledge when asked to comment on President Trump's direction, according to a document on the ministry's website.

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China to boost efforts for universal health cover

China is trying to make quality medical resources available to more people, the National Health Commission said. 

"To better the quality of universal healthcare, we need to bring about equity and inclusiveness in basic public healthcare," Wang Hesheng, deputy director of the commission, said.

The focus of public healthcare will be on the grassroots with more resources and more hospitals "at people's doorsteps." Wang added that the health care departments will work on health education, to put everyone "in charge" of their own well-being.

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S. Korean court sentences Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail for corruption

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced the ex-President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail with a fine of 18 billion won (17 million U.S. dollars) for corruption.

Park was convicted of 16 corruption counts that include bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

Prosecutors had charged Park with 18 counts, seeking a 30-year jail sentence with a fine of 118.5 billion won (111.4 million U.S. dollars). 

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Beijing to convert more old factories into cultural spaces

Beijing will transform more old factories into cultural centers, libraries, museums and galleries, according to guidelines released by the Beijing municipal government.

The guidelines will be implemented through steps including working processes, policies, supporting services and project management.

Beijing currently has 242 old and unused factory buildings, which cover more than 25 million square meters. Among them, 109 have been renovated and 26 are under  renovation.

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Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament, calls for election

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday that the parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, paving way for the next general election to be held within 60 days in which he is seeking another mandate after holding the position for nine years.

In a televised speech delivered after a special cabinet meeting, Najib said he has already acquired the consent of the King to dissolve the parliament.

The date of the polling day is yet to be announced by the Election Commission of Malaysia.

Normally, a general election should be held no later than two months after the dissolution of the parliament. 

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

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(Produced by Han Xiaomeng, Qiao Wai)

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