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The Beijing Hour
60 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Xi administers oath of office to HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee
The Chinese president hails the success of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle while marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland (01:06). Friday also marks the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China as the number of party members has surpassed 96 million (11:07). Russia says it pulled its troops from Ukraine's Snake Island as a gesture of goodwill (22:33).
60 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Xi Jinping highlights role of 'One Country, Two Systems' on Hong Kong visit
The Chinese president has congratulated Hong Kong and offered his best wishes to mark the 25th anniversary of the city's return to the motherland (01:16). China is pledging to work with Pakistan to safeguard the interests of developing countries (13:22). Russia promises a response if NATO sets up infrastructure in Finland and Sweden (19:03).
60 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Chinese envoy urges NATO not to fan block confrontation using Ukraine crisis as excuse
The Chinese ambassador to the U.N. is urging NATO not to stoke a new cold war because of the Ukraine crisis (01:19). The chair of Hong Kong's largest political party says electoral changes in the special administrative region have improved governance (09:23). Turkey has lifted its objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO after reaching an agreement with the two countries (17:00).
60 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
China cuts COVID quarantine time for international travelers
China slashes quarantine time for inbound travelers from 14 days to seven as the country eases its COVID containment measures (00:55). The first batch of earthquake relief supplies donated by the Chinese government has arrived in Afghanistan (02:43). G7 leaders have promised to continue support for Ukraine as long as necessary (16:52).
60 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
G7 summit opens amid lower expectations, protests
China and Guyana in South America are marking 50 years of bilateral relations (01:16). Hong Kong's security chief says the National Security Law has saved the city from chaos (14:01). G7 leaders meeting in Germany are downplaying expectations as protesters call for more action on climate change and other issues (20:57).
60 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
BRICS leaders vow more solidarity as they meet for 14th summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping highlights the importance of fostering high-quality partnership while hosting the 14th BRICS Summit (01:08). European Union leaders have unanimously backed Ukraine's bid to join the EU bloc (18:07). The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan gun control bill aimed at addressing increasing gun violence in the country (22:02).
60 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Xi urges BRICS solidarity, openness for peace, development
Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging solidarity among the BRICS countries at the ongoing summit of the five-nation group (01:19). China has delivered the world's largest container ship in Shanghai (15:35). Authorities in Afghanistan say the earthquake on Wednesday has claimed over a thousand lives (21:50).
60 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Strong earthquake kills at least 920 in Afghanistan
The Chinese president is set to deliver the keynote speech at the BRICS business forum opening ceremony this evening (01:19). A former chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region hails China's "One Country, Two Systems" principal as vibrant and viable (08:37). A 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people in Afghanistan (17:04).
60 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
China's import, export with other BRICS countries on the rise: official data
China's trade with other BRICS countries went up 12 percent year on year in the first five months of 2022 (01:17). Incoming Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee says he will prioritize economic opportunities, housing and jobs (08:05). The biggest rail strike in 30 years is underway in the U.K. (20:18).
60 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Asia's largest passenger railway hub starts operation in Beijing
BRICS partnership useful and effective: Brazil's envoy to China (04:48). Outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the National Security Law has set things on the right track for Hong Kong (11:31). Asia's largest passenger railway hub is back in business in the Chinese capital after four years of reconstruction (15:58). Gustavo Petro is set to become Colombia's first leftist president (21:56).
60 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
China launches its third aircraft carrier
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to host the 14th BRICS Summit in Beijing next week (00:59). China has launched its first domestically-made aircraft carrier using catapults to launch planes (05:07). Russia calls visits by European leaders to Ukraine “zero use” (22:59).
60 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
China completes a rail loop around its largest desert
Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi calls on BRICS countries to practice multilateralism while chairing a security meeting (01:19). The last section of a rail loop around China's largest desert in Xinjiang has started operation (11:55). Several European leaders are in Kyiv to show solidarity (19:11).
60 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
U.N. rights body should be for cooperation and dialogue: Chinese diplomat
China says the U.N. rights body should serve as a platform for dialogue as 69 countries say no to interference in China's internal affairs (01:05). The Greater Bay Area nurtures business in Hong Kong (08:09). Russia says the negotiation with Ukraine has stalled (17:31).
60 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
China rejects competition with U.S. in bilateral talks: senior diplomat
Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi opposes using competition to define China-U.S. relations while talking with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (01:04). Official says China has built the world's largest network infrastructure in the past decade (03:59). Heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as Russia is in control of the city center of Severodonetsk (17:13).
60 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
New findings at China's Sanxingdui Ruins stun archaeologists
Archaeologists have made new discoveries at Sanxingdui (04:16). Russia says it destroyed warehouses of western weapons in Ukraine (14:11). U.S. lifts COVID test requirement for international travelers by air (18:25).
60 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
China now one of world's busiest countries in transportation: ministry
Chinese officials say the country's transport sector is among the busiest in the world following decades of improvements (01:10). Local authorities in Sichuan Province are ramping up rescue and repair efforts after a swarm of strong earthquakes (13:50). A House panel investigating the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol has blamed Donald Trump for orchestrating the assault (22:45).
60 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Advanced technologies help ensure bumper summer harvest
China and Tajikistan vow to increase trade and boost new energy cooperation following talks at the China-plus-Central Asia Foreign Ministers' meetings (01:12). Advanced technologies are boosting China's summer grain harvest (10:19). The U.S. president launched the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles with an economic proposal, but several other regional leaders are absent from the event (19:13).
60 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Wang Yi meets with Central Asian counterparts, vows to boost ties
China's foreign minister has been meeting with his Central Asian counterparts on the sidelines of a major regional meeting in Kazakhstan (01:10). China's ministry of commerce says the country will use targeted measures to maintain economic stability and foreign trade (09:19). The Russian and Turkish foreign ministers have discussed safe passage for Ukrainian grain shipments to ease global concerns (24:01).
60 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
China's annual college entrance exam kicks off nationwide
China's college entrance exams --- known as the Gaokao --- kicked off nationwide in most areas, with pandemic precautions in place (01:16). China is urging the United States, the U.K. and Australia to heed the call of the international community and stop advancing their nuclear weapons material transfers involved in the AUKUS framework (08:52). Mexico's president decides to skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week because of the U.S. decision to exclude Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua (15:04).
60 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Shenzhou-14 astronauts enter Tianzhou-4 cargo craft
The Shenzhou-14 crew has entered the Tianzhou-4 cargo craft after successfully docking with China's space station (01:17). Authorities in Beijing say the city is now in the final stages of eliminating the latest resurgence of COVID-19 (09:19). Conservative lawmakers in the U.K. are holding a vote on whether to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the party and as prime minister (19:56).
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