Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 9


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  • Monday, 10 Aug 2020

HONG KONG -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Sunday that the recent so-called U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials will eventually become the laughingstock of the world.

The hegemonic acts of the United States have drawn widespread, strong condemnation in Hong Kong and have been considered bullying and unreasonable by the mainstream public opinion, a spokesperson of the liaison office said in a statement. (Hong Kong-U.S.-Sanctions)

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JAKARTA -- Three policemen went missing as a patrol boat sank in the Pulau Tibi waters in Indonesia's North Kalimantan province's district of Tanah Tidung, local media reported on Sunday.

The accident occurred during a bad weather on Saturday evening when six policemen were conducting a patrol on the Pulau Tibi waters, Chief of the Waters and Air Police Corps of the Indonesian Police, Inspector General Lotharia Latif told Detiknews on Sunday. (Indonesia-Boat-Sink)

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KABUL -- Two civilians were killed and five security personnel injured as a blast rocked the western edge of Kabul city on Sunday, Kabul police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz said.

According to the official, an explosive device planted inside a handcart exploded at around 4:00 p.m. local time in Kampani locality at Police District 5, killing two civilians including a woman and injuring five security personnel. (Afghanistan-Bomb)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's COVID-19 cases rose to 257,600 on Sunday with 2,487 new cases reported, and deaths from the virus increased to 3,399.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana told a briefing on Sunday that 34 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID19)

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HONG KONG -- Senior officials of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government opposed and condemned on Sunday the so-called U.S. sanctions against heads of Chinese government agencies responsible for Hong Kong affairs and officials of the HKSAR.

Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR government Matthew Cheung said in his blog on Sunday that the HKSAR government will not be intimidated and will fully support the central government in taking countermeasures. (Hong Kong-U.S.-Sanctions)

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TOKYO -- Nagasaki City in Japan commemorated the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday, with about 500 people and representatives from some 70 countries and regions attending the annual memorial ceremony.

The ceremony was held at the Peace Park and the number of participants this year was roughly one-tenth of the usual number to avoid crowding as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country. Meanwhile, there were no seats for the public to prevent further infections. (Japan-Nagasaki-Anniversary)

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NEW DELHI -- India's total COVID-19 tally rose to 2,153,010 and the number of deaths surged to 43,379, according to the latest data issued by the federal health ministry on Sunday.

An increase of 64,399 new cases and 861 new deaths were recorded during the past 24 hours, added the data. (India-COVID19)

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