Mon, 25 Jan 2021

HONG KONG -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has approved 525,000 Hong Kong dollars (67,725 U.S. dollars) from the disaster relief fund for providing relief to typhoon victims in the Philippines.

A government spokesman said Friday in a statement that the grant will be used to provide drinking water, rice, beans, milk powder, canned food and instant noodles to around 10,000 victims to address their imminent need. (Hong Kong-Philippines-Relief)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani President Arif Alvi on Friday encouraged investors from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to avail the emerging opportunities of making profitable investments in the country's Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which are subject to special supportive policies, attractive tariff and tax concessions for foreign investors.

Alvi made the remarks via a video speech at the opening ceremony of the 17th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit held in Nanning in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the president's office said in a statement. (Pakistan-China-Investment)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,273 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more deaths on Friday, making the tally at 458,711 and the death toll at 6,544, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 16,378 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 373,676 including 2,223 new recoveries on Friday, said the DGHS. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Health Ministry reported 1,109 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, bringing the national total to 61,861.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that 10 of the new cases are imported and 1,099 are local transmissions.

Two more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 350. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- The attempt to trigger a "neo-Cold War" goes against the trend of history whereas upholding multilateralism and strengthening coordination and cooperation is the right way to overcome current crises and challenges, visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Friday.

Wang, who arrived here on Wednesday for a three-day visit, made the remarks when meeting with Moon Chung-in, South Korea's special presidential adviser for unification, security and foreign affairs. (South Korea-China-Visit)

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