MANILA -- China's early recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is "good news" for the Philippines, Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said Tuesday, adding that China's fast recovery is a boon to the Philippines.
"Fortunately, our biggest trading partner is in good shape, and that is China. Our trade with China is around 50 billion U.S. dollars a year (pre-pandemic)," Dominguez told an online forum held by local newspaper Manila Times, noting two-way trade with China was double the value of products traded with the United States and Japan separately.
"So, demand in China is going to pick up, it's going to buy our products, and that is good news for us," Dominguez added.
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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said Tuesday that both Hong Kong and Shenzhen have their own advantages, and Hong Kong needs to enhance its competitiveness to seek win-win results with Shenzhen.
Hong Kong and Shenzhen have room for cooperation in fields such as innovation and technology, cultural and creative industries, higher education and medical care, Lam said at a media session before the Executive Council meeting, adding that she has asked relevant departments to conduct research and analysis on deepening Hong Kong-Shenzhen cooperation.
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NEW YORK -- The federal government didn't live up to its obligation during the fight against COVID-19, for only one-third of the Americans have been tested in the past seven months as the pandemic raged on, said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
"The federal government made a terrible blunder at the beginning of COVID-19. They were not ready, they were unprepared, and they didn't even try to get prepared. It was the federal abdication," the governor told his daily press conference.
"The United States of America has done 124 million tests. It has 328 million people. That's only about a third of the population in number of tests in seven months. You tested a third in seven months," said Cuomo.
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JAKARTA -- Indonesia was expected to hold the biennial football world championship for male players under the age of 20, the so-called FIFA U-20 World Cup in May and June 2021, President Joko Widodo said.
"We have to make sure that Indonesia has prepared strict health protocols, so it is very safe to visit and serve as a venue for the 2021 U-20 (World Cup). This is the most important," President Joko Widodo told a video cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.