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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, May 5

05 May 2021, 16:30 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan will start reaping the benefits of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the form of industrial and agricultural development and a better road connectivity, Chairman of Pakistan's CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa said.

Several roads under CPEC are in their final phase which are expected to be inaugurated in 2021 and after their completion, locals will experience a better connectivity, and business opportunities in the country will increase, Bajwa said while talking to media on Tuesday night.(Pakistan-CPEC-Benefits)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's private sector started the second quarter of the year on a positive note as three-year long sequences of decline in output and new orders came to an end, a private survey showed Wednesday.

The purchasing managers' index (PMI) of the financial hub compiled by consulting firm IHS Markit posted 50.3 in April following a reading of 50.5 in March, representing the third successive month in which a marginal improvement in business conditions has been recorded.(Hong Kong-Economy-PMI)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore Tuesday rolled out a slew of tightened measures against COVID-19, in line with the local and global COVID-19 situation.

Starting from 2359 hours May 7, all new travelers arriving from higher risk countries or regions will be subject to 21-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) instead of 14 days at dedicated SHN facilities, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.(Singapore-COVID-19-Measures)

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NEW DELHI -- As far as it goes, China provides most oxygen concentrators to India, and keeps producing oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment for India, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said Tuesday in a tweet.

"Chinese companies carry forward the spirit of humanitarianism, focus on saving lives, respond to wants and needs of the Indian people," Sun said in another tweet.(India-China-Oxygen)

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