Vietnam Puts High Hopes on RCEP Trade Deal

Vietnam is likely to see near-term benefits from its membership in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a free trade agreement to come into force in January, following the Nov. 2 ratification by Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations have signed the RCEP, including China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the 10 Association […]

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China Reduces Ties with Lithuania in Taiwan Spat

China reduced the level of its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level Sunday in retaliation for the Baltic nation allowing Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, to open a representative office. China earlier expelled the Lithuanian ambassador, reflecting its intense sensitivity over the status of Taiwan, which […]

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Indonesian Trans Women Leave Streets to Operate Laundry

When an Indonesian American, a recent college graduate, collected a $10,000 peace prize she spent the money as soon as she could to realize her winning plan – providing aging trans women in Jakarta with a steady income from a laundry business, freeing them from sex work and begging.   In the fall of 2019, […]

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Relatives of COVID-19 Dead Question Japan’s Recover-at-Home Policy

Yoshihiko Takeuchi, who ran a small restaurant on the island of Okinawa, told only a few friends he had the coronavirus. When he didn’t answer phone calls from public health workers for three days, police went to his home and found him dead in his bed. He was among hundreds of people who have died […]

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IMF: China’s Economic Recovery ‘Well Advanced’

WASHINGTON– China’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is “well advanced,” though momentum is slowing, and its climate strategy is being implemented by all levels of government, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday, days after it concluded its annual consultation mission to the country.   An IMF team, led by Helge Berger, mission chief […]

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Thai Gov’t To Deepen Collaboration With China’s Huawei In Post-Pandemic Era

BANGKOK – The Thai government intends to further deepen its digital cooperation with Chinese technology company, Huawei, senior Thai officials said, at a cloud event held in Bangkok this week.   During the ‘Powering Digital Thailand 2022’ on Nov 17-19, Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwon said, digital infrastructure, such as 5G, is crucial to […]

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Migrants from 12 countries among 600 found in two trucks in Mexico

MEXICO CITY— Migrants from 12 countries were among 600 people found hidden in the back of two trucks in eastern Mexico on Friday, most of them from neighboring Guatemala, the government’s National Migration Institute (INM) said.   The INM said 401 of the people were from Guatemala, 53 from Honduras, 40 from the Dominican Republic, […]

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Malaysia Reports 5,859 New COVID-19 Infections, 41 More Deaths

KUALA LUMPUR– Malaysia reported another 5,859 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight, bringing the national total to 2,581,747, according to the health ministry.   Nineteen of the new cases are imported, with 5,840 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed.   Another 41 deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to […]

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