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SINGAPORE -- Chinese and Singaporean business organizations have been called on Wednesday at a forum to proactively explore new ideas and help enterprises to tap new markets, facing normalization of the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.

President of China Enterprises Association (Singapore) (CEA) Cheng Jun made the remarks at the second China-Singapore Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum on Wednesday, adding business organizations of both countries should build up a cooperation matching platform for the enterprises. (Singapore-China-Business)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday approved the extension of an emergency decree for 45 days to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The extension will span through the New Year festival and an international badminton tournament, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin confirmed. (Thailand-COVID-19-Emergency)

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TOKYO -- Japan on Wednesday recorded 2,189 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, renewing a record number of daily infections and exceeding the 2,000-mark for the first time, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

Earlier, Japan reported record daily case spikes for three days in a row through Saturday when the number hit 1,737. (Japan-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong should actively adjust its role and seek a new orientation for development, participants at the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Conference said here on Wednesday.

To prepare the way forward for Hong Kong in the Greater Bay Area, three parts to this preparation should be done, including policy research, public messaging and community engagement, said Leung Chun-ying, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). (Hong Kong-Conference)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- When the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members hold a visual leaders' meeting on Friday, high on the agenda will be seeking an economic recovery for the Asia-Pacific region from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as launching a new vision to guide the direction of the region in the coming decades.

Ahead of the meeting, the hopes are high that the leaders would uphold multilateralism, coordinate efforts for recovery and lay down a long-term vision for sustainable growth by continuing championing free and open trade and investment. (Malaysia-APEC-COVID-19) Enditem

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