Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT, March 23

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NEW DELHI -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 433 on Monday evening, India's Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 393 are Indian nationals and 40 are foreign nationals, a statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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KABUL -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday and held talks with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said a statement of Presidential Palace released here.

In the meeting held at the Presidential Palace, matters of mutual interests including the Afghanistan peace process, regional consensus towards peace talks, the security and political situation of Afghanistan were discussed, the statement added. (Afghanistan-Pompeo-Visit)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government is set to tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that if it decides to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it will accept the IOC's decision, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

The latest development comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday hinted for the first time at the possibility the forthcoming summer games could be postponed if they could not be held in their "complete form" amid the pandemic. (Japan-COVID-19-Olympics)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- A total of 14 individuals have died of the COVID-19 in Malaysia as of Monday with 212 newly confirmed cases, and the total cases of the COVID-19 in the country now stand at 1,518, according to the Health Ministry.

This marked the first time that Malaysia recorded a daily increase of newly confirmed case of more than 200. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will ban the entry of all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas by flights starting from Wednesday to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Monday.

For the 14 days since 12:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Hong Kong will deny the entry of all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas by flights, as well as those who have been to overseas in the past 14 days and arriving in Hong Kong through the mainland, Macao SAR and the Taiwan region, Lam said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

During the period, transfer services at the Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Ban) Enditem

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