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BANGKOK -- Thai businesses must prepare for greater competition now that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal is underway, said the Thai Commerce Ministry on Friday.

“Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) under RCEP framework will provide opportunities but also fierce competitions,” said Auramon Supthaweethum, director-general of the Department of Trade Negotiations under the Ministry of Commerce, “Businesses especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) must step up innovation and use of technology to add value to their products to increase their competitiveness and value, and to be able to compete with similar products and services coming from other RCEP members.”(Thailand-RCEP)

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BANGKOK -- The Thai Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and 47 private organizations on Friday launched a massive campaign in the center of Bangkok to "cease the use of single-use plastic bags" to save earth.

Speaking on a loud speaker, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said shops, department stores and convenience stores of the 47 private organizations will cease using single-use plastic shopping bags from January 1, 2020 onwards.(Thailand-Plastic bags)

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HONG KONG -- Protesters went on a rampage in various districts in Hong Kong on Friday evening, blocking roads, setting fire and vandalizing transport facilities.

Thousands of people took to the street in unlawful assemblies in areas including Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tuen Mun at 8:00 p.m. local time. Some of them quickly went violent.(Hong Kong-Violence)

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HONG KONG -- The Office of Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) expressed on Friday strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the interference in Hong Kong affairs by British politicians in a statement.

The statement came in response to the unwarranted remarks about Hong Kong made by a certain British senior government official and a report issued by the Foreign Affairs Committee of Britain's House of Commons.(Hong Kong-Commissioner's office) Enditem

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