Wed, 27 Jan 2021

HONG KONG -- The relationship between the Constitution and national security and its significance to maintaining national sovereignty, security and development interests were enthusiastically discussed at a symposium in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday.

The symposium, the fourth of its kind held in Hong Kong to mark the seventh national Constitution Day, was organized by the HKSAR government via video link due to the COVID-19 epidemic and attended by officials and experts from both Hong Kong and the mainland. (Hong Kong-Symposium-Constitution)

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YANGON -- The number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 96,520 with 2,059 deaths as of Friday, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

Myanmar reported 1,502 new infections and 31 more deaths in the past 24 hours, the release said. (Myanmar-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would go closer and deeper, and the China-ASEAN community with a shared future would play an important role in safeguarding multilateralism in the world, an Indonesian scholar said.

Yusuf Wanandi, co-founder and vice chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a well-known Indonesian think tank, made the remarks in a recent phone interview with Xinhua. (Indonesia-ASEAN-China)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh recorded 2,252 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 24 new deaths on Friday, raising its total tally to 473,991 with 6,772 deaths, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 15,430 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 2,433 to reach 158,402 as of Friday night, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 2,314, with 40 new fatalities announced Friday. The death toll includes 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. (Japan-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Asia-Pacific countries are still facing growing cases of COVID-19 pandemic on Friday as India registered 36,595 new cases, taking the total to 9,571,559, according to the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 139,188 as 540 COVID-19 patients died since Thursday morning. (Asia-Pacific-COVID19)

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HONG KONG -- People from various sectors in Hong Kong said the imprisonment of Joshua Wong and two other persons demonstrates the rule of law in the special administrative region (SAR), and the sentencing will contribute to helping Hong Kong restore peace and stability.

Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow were sentenced to 13.5, seven and 10 months in prison respectively on Wednesday for besieging the Hong Kong police headquarters in June 2019. They were members of the disbanded Demosisto, a separatist group advocating "Hong Kong independence". (Hong Kong-Joshua Wong-Sentence)

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