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KUALA LUMPUR -- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) launched a Post-2020 vision on Friday, the bloc's new long-term blueprint for future cooperation following a virtual APEC leaders' meeting hosted by Malaysia. (Malaysia-APEC-Post-2020 vision)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka will work together with China to promote the Belt and Road construction, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said, according to a statement from the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka.

China's new ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong presented his credentials to Rajapaksa on Thursday. (Sri Lanka-China-Belt&Road)

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HONG KONG -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday expressed firm support for the HKSAR government and Hong Kong police in investigating and dealing with suspected violations of the national security law in Hong Kong at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

A spokesperson of the liaison office said that some people, on the pretext that they were dissatisfied that the CUHK moved the graduation ceremony online in response to epidemic prevention needs, initiated a rally of nearly 100 people on campus without applying on Thursday, during which a few people defaced and damaged properties and were suspected of criminal damage. Some even shouted and displayed "Hong Kong independence" slogans. (HK-Liaison Office-Law)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday urged members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to stand united against the COVID-19 pandemic and push for economic recovery.

In his opening speech at the virtually held APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, Muhyiddin said APEC would play a central role in spearheading post-pandemic recovery. (Malaysia-APEC-PM)

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TOKYO -- Japan on Friday reported 2,414 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, renewing the daily infection record for a third consecutive day.

According to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities, Japan's total tally rose to 128,344, not including those connected to the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined near Tokyo earlier in the year. (Japan-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that the Afghan peace process has moved to a final phase.

Qureshi made the remarks in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, amid reports that the Taliban group and an Afghan government negotiation team have agreed to principles for the intra-Afghan negotiations. (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Peace Process) Enditem

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