Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 13


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  • Friday, 14 Aug 2020

HONG KONG -- A commerce official of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday condemned a U.S. unilateral rule that Hong Kong products exported to the United States must be labeled "Made in China," stressing that it violates international rules on origin marking.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said the U.S. move, which is aimed at undermining Hong Kong's status as a separate customs territory, is brutal and ignores basic facts. (Hong Kong-U.S.-Origin Marking)

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TOKYO -- Japan confirmed 1,176 new COVID-19 cases nationwide on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 52,603, as the resurgence continues during the Bon holiday season with people traveling to hometowns to visit relatives.

The daily figures remained high in the nation's large urban areas, with Osaka Prefecture reporting 177 new cases to a cumulative total of 6,355, while Tokyo's neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa saw daily cases jump by 123 to a total of 3,520. (Japan-COVID-19)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Thursday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 905, along with three more deaths from the disease, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The ministry also confirmed that three more COVID-19 patients had died, bringing the death toll in the country to 20 as of Thursday, noting that all the three patients, aged from 52 to 87, had underlying medical conditions. (Vietnam-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- China handed over 1,000 BiPAP ventilators to Pakistan on Thursday at the Islamabad International Airport in an effort to help the South Asian country battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a handover ceremony held at the airport, Muhammad Afzal, chairman of Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), appreciated the government and people of China for the continuous assistance to his country during the pandemic. (Pakistan-China-Ventilators)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd has urged people to remain cautious though the number of new COVID-19 cases has started to decline.

Kidd said on Thursday that Australia needs to "wait and see" if strict COVID-19 restrictions across Victoria were having the desired effect.

As of Thursday afternoon there had been 22,358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of new cases in last 24 hours is 292, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health. (Australia-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- China, through its Embassy in Manila, has donated 130 ventilators to the Philippines as part of its commitment to helping the country fighting the COVID-19 COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy said on Thursday.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian handed over the ventilators to Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin during a ceremony at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters. (Philippines-China-Ventilators)

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