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WELLINGTON -- China's central Hubei Province promoted its unique culture and tourism on Monday in New Zealand's South Island.

Hubei and Canterbury have a unique and close connection, Chinese Consul General in Christchurch He Ying told the promotion event in Christchurch. (New Zealand-Hubei-Tourism)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia announced Monday a significant increase in services between China, India and Malaysia, totaling an impressive 230 weekly flights starting in the first quarter of 2024, with up to 5.2 million seats per year.

The significant increase in capacity via AirAsia Malaysia and AirAsia X Malaysia comes in response to the anticipated surge in travel demand following the Malaysian government's announcement of a 30-day visa-free entry for travelers from China and India into Malaysia starting Dec. 1, 2023, AirAsia said in a statement. (Malaysia-China-Air Travel)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's imports dropped 24.07 percent year-on-year to nearly 22 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months of the 2023-24 fiscal year (July 2023-June 2024), showed the latest central bank data.

According to statistics of the Bangladesh Bank (BB), the settlement of letters of credit (LCs), generally known as actual imports, stood at 21,974.48 million dollars in July-October compared to 28,940.16 million dollars in the same period a year earlier. (Bangladesh-Imports)

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KABUL -- As one of the daily wagers involved in cleaning pine nuts on the outskirts of Kabul, the national capital of Afghanistan, Khala Fatima was delighted to witness more such nuts exported to China.

The increase in pine nut exports to China has created job opportunities in Afghanistan as hundreds of thousands of Afghans work to clean and process the precious dry fruit to make it ready for export. (Afghanistan-China-Pine Nut) Enditem

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