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Trudeau hails new friendship with China HONG KONG: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that ties with Beijing had entered a new era following a charm offensive which saw 56 business deals signed. Speaking in Hong Kong following a week-long trip to China, where he met President Xi Jinping and attended the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Trudeau said the "hot and cold" nature of relations with Beijing was over and that ties had been "revitalised".Trudeau said his trip had been about more than signing the deals, which he said were worth more than CAD$ 1.2 billion ($929 million)."We needed to renew and deepen the relationship between the people of Canada and people of China for the long term and I think it's safe to say we have accomplished just that," Trudeau said at a business lunch in Hong Kong, calling for a "solid framework of engagement" to enhance commercial opportunities.Canada said last month ...

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Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in North Korea: UN SEOUL: Flooding following heavy rain has killed 60 people and left over 44,000 homeless in North Korea, the United Nations said Tuesday, after the country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood.Pyongyang said Friday the Tumen river, which partially marks the border with China and Russia, experienced the biggest flood ever recorded due to a rainstorm that began four days earlier. Nearby areas including Musan and Hoeryong were hard hit, with 60 dead ...

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Singapore says will no longer isolate Zika patients SINGAPORE: Singapore will no longer isolate people who test positive for Zika or are suspected of carrying it as the number of cases of the mosquito-borne virus increases across the city-state, the health ministry said on Monday. Tropical Singapore, a global financial and transit hub, has reported just over 240 Zika cases since the first locally infected case was detected on Aug. 27, and media has quoted the deputy health minister as saying the virus ...

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China says opposes use of Hong Kong election to promote independence BEIJING: China's government on Monday said it opposed efforts by certain candidates and organizations in Hong Kong elections to promote independence, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported. The remarks were made by a representative of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the agency added. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Obama says countries must move in concert on tax avoidance HANGZHOU: US President Barack Obama said on Monday that the United States had to move in concert with other countries on the issue of tax avoidance, as some US allies were "racing to the bottom" with their tax policies.The European Commission said last week that Apple Inc owed up to 13 billion euros ($14.50 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, based on existing regulations, a decision that both Apple and Ireland, which relies on low ...

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Seeking smoother summit, ASEAN to skirt mention of South China Sea ruling VIENTIANE: Southeast Asian leaders are set to avoid references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China's claims to the South China Sea, after omitting it from a joint statement at a summit this week over which Beijing's influence looms large. A draft communique of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seen by Reuters on Monday listed eight points related to the South China Sea, but made no mention of a high-profile July ...

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Japan PM Abe calls for structural reforms to address steel overcapacity HANGZHOU: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the G20 summit on Monday that the issue of steel overcapacity should be addressed by pressing ahead with structural reforms based on market mechanisms, a senior Japanese government spokesman said."Regarding overcapacity of steel and others, market distortion by subsidies and export credit is the fundamental problem... I would like to urge structural reforms based on market mechanisms, while maintaining transparency," Abe was quoted by Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet ...