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World’s largest trade deal enters into force

Jakarta, Indonesia | Xinhua | The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the world’s largest trade deal so far, enters into force on Saturday. The mega free trade agreement has been applauded by the Asia-Pacific region as an important step toward deeper regional integration and a renewed worldwide momentum for free …

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ASEAN leaders agree on pandemic-coping measures, multilateral cooperation

Hanoi, Vietnam | XINHUA |    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded its 37th summit and related meetings on Sunday, putting priorities on measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and commitments to multilateral cooperation. Addressing the closing ceremony, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that leaders of …

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Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia. Trump said aboard Air Force One that a US delegation would likely make the trip in November, adding that …

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China still building South China Sea islands: think-tank

Manila, Philippines | AFP | China is expanding artificial islands in disputed South China Sea areas despite saying it stopped two years ago, according to a security think tank that released satellite images it said showed the land reclamation. Beijing claims most of the sea and has been turning reefs in …

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China scores diplomatic coup in sea row

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  China on Sunday scored a diplomatic coup in its campaign to weaken regional resistance against its sweeping claims to the South China Sea when Southeast Asian nations issued a diluted statement on the dispute and agreed to Beijing’s terms on talks. After two days of …

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