Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 11

Asia

HONG KONG — Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the promulgation and implementation of the law on safeguarding national security in the HKSAR marks a turning point for Hong Kong’s education.

The social unrest since last June has not only afflicted Hong Kong society and impacted the rule of law, but also exposed once again the problems in Hong Kong’s education, Lam said at an education forum held here. (HK-Education-National Security)

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported Saturday 28 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 16 local infections.

The newly reported cases, involving 12 males and 16 females aged between three and 85, brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong to 1,431. (HK-COVID-19)

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KATHMANDU — A downward trend of new COVID-19 cases in Nepal continued as the Nepali government reported less than 100 newly confirmed cases on Saturday.

“The number of new COVID-19 cases in the country in the last 24 hours stood at 70,” said Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson of Nepal’s health ministry at a press briefing on Saturday. (Nepal-COVID-19)

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MANILA — Fifteen Philippine students participated on Saturday in the 19th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition in the Philippines finals sponsored by the Chinese Embassy here.

It is the first time the “Chinese Bridge” contest finals in the Philippines, organized by the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF), was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Philippines-Chinese Language-Education)

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