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HONG KONG -- The third Asia Summit on Global Health kicked off in Hong Kong on Wednesday, bringing together experts and industry people worldwide to discuss the latest developments and future opportunities in public health, medical technology, and healthcare investment.

Under the theme of "Reimagining the Future of Healthcare," the two-day summit was co-organized by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. (HK-Health Summit)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)'s spokesperson said on Wednesday that they were coordinating the search for a Chinese fishing vessel in a remote location in the Indian Ocean.

The location is about 5,000 km northwest of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia (WA). (Australia-China-Fishing Vessel)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact and bilateral free trade agreements will put the region and Cambodia in a better position to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Cambodian scholar said on Wednesday.

Tean Samnang, a strategic advisor to the Phnom Penh-based independent think tank Asian Vision Institute (AVI), said Cambodia has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to trade liberalization and regional economic integration through the RCEP, Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and Cambodia-South Korea FTA. (Cambodia-RCEP)

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. (LCRC) have engaged in discussions on various projects related to business cooperation schemes.

According to a report issued by the LNCCI on Wednesday, President of LNCCI Oudet Souvannavong met a delegation from the LCRC, a joint venture based in the Lao capital Vientiane responsible for the operation of the railway's Lao section. (Laos-China-Railway) Enditem

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