Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 12


HONG KONG — The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Saturday urged some U.S. politicians to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs as a whole.

A spokesperson of the commissioner’s office expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the groundless remarks by the U.S. politicians about a case still under investigation, which involves Hong Kong residents suspected of illegal border-crossing. (HK-U.S.-Interference)

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CANBERRA — Australia has surpassed 800 coronavirus deaths more than six months after recording its first.

As of Saturday afternoon the number of total deaths is 803, up from 797 on Friday. (Australia-COVID-19)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — Brunei recorded a 57.8-million-Brunei dollar (42.2-million-U.S. dollar) trade deficit in June 2020 due to a major decrease in exports, marking the first-ever trade deficit since January 2014 when historical data became available.

The latest International Merchandise Trade Statistics released on Saturday by the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics at the Ministry of Finance and Economy showed that Brunei’s trade balance in June 2020 recorded a deficit of 57.8 million Brunei dollars compared to a surplus of 39.0 million Brunei dollars in June 2019, a 248.2-percent year-on-year drop. (Brunei-Trade Deficit)

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MALE — Over 500 people have been fined in the Maldives for violating a vehicle curfew intended to curb the spread of COVID-19, local media reported here Saturday.

According to the Maldives Police Service, 550 individuals in the Greater Male region have been fined for violating a vehicle curfew, while 1,143 people have been given warnings from Aug. 22 to Sept. 4. (The Maldives-COVID-19) Enditem

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