Sat, 25 Mar 2023

HONG KONG -- Chan Kwok-ki, acting chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said on Tuesday that around 280,000 cross-border travelers were recorded on Monday when normal travel between Hong Kong and the mainland started to resume fully.

Speaking ahead of an executive council meeting, Chan said all the seaborne, land and air control points have been fully reopened since Monday. The overall operation was smooth on the first day of the full resumption of cross-boundary travel, when around 220,000 people traveled through the land control points with the one at Lo Wu being the busiest. (Hong Kong-Mainland-Full Border Reopening)

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SYDNEY -- The Western Australian (WA) Police Force on Tuesday confirmed that both pilots, who were the only ones on board, survived with minor injuries after a firefighting Boeing 737 crashed in the Fitzgerald National Park near Hopetoun, a town in the state's south coast.

The WA police noted that at about 4:40 p.m. local time on Monday, police and emergency services responded to reports of a plane crash in the park. (Australia-Bushfire-Plane Crash)

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WELLINGTON -- Through New Zealand and Australia's single economic market, people-to-people links and shared interests in the region and the world, New Zealand and Australia are strongest when working side by side, New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said on Tuesday.

Meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra, which was their first bilateral meeting, Hipkins said, "New Zealand has no closer partner than Australia." (New Zealand-Australia-Prime Minister)

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MANILA -- Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the Asia-Pacific region continue to recover to pre-pandemic levels, with China remaining the top destination in Asia, according to a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday.

The Asian Economic Integration Report 2023 says that FDI into the Asia-Pacific region expanded by 64.3 percent in 2021, nearly 7 percent higher than in 2019, accounting for 40 percent of global inward FDI in 2021. (Philippines-ADB-China-FDI)

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