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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has said that the kingdom's relations with China have become closer after his visit to Beijing earlier this week.

"It's very clear that Cambodia is staying closer with China, especially in this difficult moment, because a friend in need is a friend indeed," he wrote on Friday on his official Facebook page.

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NICOSIA -- Chinese authorities are doing their best and most to prevent the spreading of the Wuhan coronavirus, a Cypriot specialist told Xinhua on Saturday.

"From what we learn in reports coming from China and from the World Health Organization, the measures taken are adequate and I cannot think of any additional ones the Chinese authorities could implement," said Michalis Voniatis, a specialist in infectious diseases and former World Health Organization expert.

"They did not hesitate to take measures which are detrimental to the economy, such as the isolation of entire cities, in a bid to contain the virus," he noted.

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COLOMBO -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Division Chief Manuela Goretti said that Sri Lanka is gradually recovering from the economic impact of last year's Easter terror attacks, according to local media on Saturday.

"The recovery is supported by a solid performance of the manufacturing sector and a rebound in tourism and related services in the second half of the year," said Goretti, who led an IMF delegation to Sri Lanka from Jan. 29 to Feb. 7.

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NAIROBI -- China deserves accolades for putting in place robust interventions to halt the further spread of coronavirus and manage confirmed cases, Kenyan officials said on Friday.

"The government takes this opportunity to recognize the great work undertaken by the Chinese government and people in fighting the spread of the virus in China and in particular, in keeping Kenyan students caught up at the epicenter of the epidemic safe and healthy," said Cabinet Secretary for Kenyan Health Ministry Sicily Kariuki.

"To date, we wish to inform the public that Kenya has not had any confirmed case of the novel coronavirus," said Kariuki.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. businesses "remain bullish" on China despite the novel coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson for the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) told Xinhua on Friday.

"Those taking a long-term view are betting the economy will continue to grow faster than in most other markets and that the Chinese consumer in particular will propel growth," Doug Barry, senior director of communications and publications at the USCBC, told Xinhua.

"Companies want to be in China. They need to be in China," said Barry, whose organization represents more than 200 U.S. companies that do business with China. Enditem

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