Mon, 15 Aug 2022

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 44,689 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 19,820,739, the health authorities said Monday.

The daily caseload was down from 73,589 in the previous day, but it was higher than 35,860 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. (South Korea-COVID-19 Cases)

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SYDNEY -- Government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has approved 2.2 million Australian dollars (about 1.54 million U.S. dollars) in funding for a Chinese community culture museum in the country's biggest city, Sydney.

The funding under the government's Creative Capital Program will support transformation of the Haymarket library near Sydney's Chinatown into the Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA), the state's first museum dedicated to the Chinese community culture and history of the Chinese residents. (Australia-Chinese Community-Culture Museum)

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Chinese ambassador to New Zealand Wang Xiaolong on Monday called for joint efforts by China and New Zealand to focus on commitment, consolidation and growth in developing bilateral relations.

Delivering his keynote speech at the annual China Business Summit in Auckland, Wang reviewed the development of bilateral ties, and suggested that both sides focus joint efforts on the three keywords of commitment, consolidation and growth in their relations. (New Zealand-China-Ties)

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a public speech on Monday that New Zealand has been firm and consistent in its commitment to a one-China policy.

Ardern delivered the speech at the annual China Business Summit in Auckland on Monday Morning. (New Zealand-China Policy)

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