HONG KONG -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday strongly disapproved of and firmly rejected the so-called Hong Kong-related resolution of the European Parliament, which smeared Hong Kong's democracy and freedom, called for sanctions against central government and HKSAR government officials, and asked for boycott of Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The spokesperson stressed that the Chinese people never give into coercion or intimidation. Hong Kong is part of China and brooks no external interference, nothing can change China's firm determination to safeguard the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and promote the sustained success of "one country, two systems". (Hong Kong-Commissioner's Office-European Parliament)
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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand is giving an additional 2 million New Zealand dollars (1.35 million U.S. dollars) in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from volcanic eruptions and tsunami, senior officials said on Friday.
This brings New Zealand's contribution to Tonga disaster relief to 3 million New Zealand dollars (2.02 million U.S. dollars), New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement. (New Zealand-Tonga-Aid)
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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan reported 7,678 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest number of fresh cases in a day since the pandemic started in the country in 2020, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Friday.
The overall tally of the infected people climbed to 1,353,479 across the country, said the NCOC, the department leading Pakistan's campaign against the pandemic. (Pakistan-COVID-19)
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SEOUL -- South Korea's export logged double-digit growth in the first 20 days of January owing to the continued recovery in global demand, customs office data showed Friday.
Export, which takes up about half of the export-driven economy, amounted to 34.4 billion U.S. dollars in the Jan. 1 to Jan. 20 period, up 22 percent from the same period of last year, according to Korea Customs Service. (South Korea-Export)