Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 7

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HANOI -- The 53rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings will take place from Wednesday to Saturday via video conference under the chair of Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, a Vietnamese official said Monday.

Some 20 meetings will be organized within the framework of the event, including the China-ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, the 21st ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung said at a press briefing, adding that about 40 documents are expected to be noted, issued and adopted. (Vietnam-ASEAN-Foreign ministers)

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COLOMBO -- The fire onboard the MT New Diamond oil tanker which was doused on Monday morning, has reignited again as the vessel remains 40 nautical miles away from Sri Lanka's eastern coast, the navy said.

The vessel is carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil and was heading to the Paradip Port in India from Kuwait when a fire broke out in its engine room on Thursday, threatening to cause a massive oil spill in the Indian Ocean. (Sri Lanka-Oil tanker-Fire)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe here Monday and the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Malaysia is willing to work with China to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields including defense, economy and trade, and education, among others, Muhyiddin said.

China is committed to strengthening defense cooperation between the two countries, and constantly advance military to military ties to achieve fresh results, Wei said. (Malaysia-China-Ties)

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HONG KONG -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) clarified on Monday that Hong Kong's political system is "executive-led," refuting the allegation that Hong Kong exercises the "separation of powers" and expressing support for HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam who recently made the same clarification to the public.

The spokesperson said in a statement that the political system is at the core of the system of the HKSAR, shows the relation between the central authorities and the HKSAR, and stipulates the basic political framework of the HKSAR. (Hong Kong-Political system)

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DHAKA, -- Bangladesh reported 2,202 new COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Monday, making the tally at 327,359 and death toll at 4,516, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 15,412 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 224,573 including 3,298 new recoveries on Monday, said the DGHS. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Cases) Enditem

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