Tue, 26 Jan 2021

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo met with Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday with both sides pledging to join hands to firmly uphold multinationalism so as to safeguard international fairness and justice.

During the meeting, Wang said as both major developing countries and emerging economies, the cooperation between China and Indonesia bears strategic importance and global influence. (Indonesia-China-Ties)

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MANILA -- Twenty-two crew, including 14 Chinese, aboard a cargo vessel have been rescued in a sea mishap off the Philippines, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Wednesday.

The Embassy said the cargo vessel "Yongfeng" encountered a sudden fatal malfunction early on Wednesday morning in the sea about 400 nautical miles east off the Philippines. (Philippines-Cargo Vessel-Rescue)

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MANILA -- The Philippines on Wednesday confirmed its first case of the new and more contagious coronavirus variant initially discovered in Britain.

The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) said the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7. was detected in a Filipino male who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 7. (Philippines-COVID-19-Variant)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into the country will be suspended as part of a coordinated effort to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The majority of entries were suspended in December, although travelers arriving on business and associated with some student programs from certain countries had been exempt from the tightening restrictions. (Japan-COVID-19-Emergency)

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