Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 25

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  • Sunday, 26 Jul 2020

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced here Saturday the lineup of his new cabinet after the ruling People's Action Party won a recent general election.

The appointments will take effect from July 27 when a swearing-in ceremony for the cabinet will take place. (Singapore-Cabinet)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reassured the public Saturday that the six Thai soldiers who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Hawaii are currently in state quarantine centers.

The six soldiers were part of the 150 Thai soldiers who participated in the military operation called "Lightning Forge 2020" since July 1. (Thailand-U.S.-COVID-19 infection)

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TOKYO -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan topped 30,000 on Saturday, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities, with the figure including cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

As of 8:00 p.m. local time Saturday, the confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide have increased by 754 to reach 30,494, including 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. (Japan-COVID-19 cases)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Economies participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) reaffirmed the prioritization of economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak following a virtual meeting chaired by Malaysia on Saturday.

In a joint statement, the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade reaffirmed their commitment to "effectively mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and promptly navigate the region towards a path of resilient, sustainable, inclusive and expedited economic recovery." (Malaysia-OPEC-Pandemic response)

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