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SYDNEY -- A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) expert team to China said their trip to Wuhan has set the framework for further work in the future, and origin tracing of the coronavirus needs to be done in not only China but other parts of the world.

In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, Professor Dominic Dwyer from University of Sydney reviewed the Wuhan trip, which he called complex but fruitful.

"It was a very complex process, but all in all we had a very successful review of a lot of literature and a lot of data. Quite a number of conclusions and recommendations that were agreed to by both sides were made. I think it puts together the framework for further work to sort out the origins of this pandemic," he said.

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UNITED NATIONS -- Africa could learn from China's poverty-eradication experience so as to lift more Africans out of poverty and usher in a brighter future, a United Nations official has said.

"Africa must evolve its own models" due to its "very specific situation," Ahunna Eziakonwa, assistant secretary-general and director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), told Xinhua in a recent interview.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is on track to grow by more than 6 percent this year, owing in part to its fiscal policy, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)'s semiannual Global Economic Prospects released Thursday.

"Of the large advanced economies, the United States will expand the fastest in 2021, owing in part to its aggressive fiscal policy response," said PIIE Senior Fellow Karen Dynan, who is also former chief economist at the U.S. Treasury Department.

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TORONTO -- Western cultural supremacism and imperialism have caused many catastrophes in the human history, Canadian scholar Taylor C. Noakes said in an article recently published on National Post, while lashing out at domestic retrograde understanding of Indigenous history.

"Far too many Canadians have held on to the belief that some cultures and societies are better than others and therefore have a right to impose their will on anyone they deem subpar," Noakes, an independent journalist and public historian, said in his article "A reply to Conrad Black: On Indigenous history we cannot ignore inconvenient truths" on March 26.

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MOSCOW -- Russia-China relations have been qualitatively strengthened and continue to be further cemented, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

Bilateral ties are built on a clear-cut and objective foundation of overlapping interests, Lavrov told the Great Game talk show on Russian TV.

The "strategic interaction and multifaceted partnership" between China and Russia are not directed against anyone, but focus exclusively on the interests of the two peoples and countries, he said. Enditem

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