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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Nov. 20

20 Nov 2020, 22:30 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reaffirmed the government's commitment to protecting rights of the children in the country, noting that children are the most precious resource of any nation.

"The government of Pakistan is fully cognizant to its responsibilities towards our children, and is determinedly striving to ensure that child's rights to inclusive development, education, healthcare, participation, dignity and security" as envisaged in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are implemented, the prime minister said in a message on the occasion of World Children's Day on Friday.

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BEIJING -- China on Friday reiterated the political nature of the Meng Wanzhou case, and said Canada's disgraceful role as accomplice remains unchanged despite the Canadian government's attempts to cover up the facts and mislead the public.

"Why is Canada the only country that 'lived up to' the extradition treaty with the United States in this matter? Why don't other U.S. allies fulfill their obligations? " Zhao asked at a daily press briefing.

"It is because they do not want to get involved in this dirty U.S. intrigue, and they do not want to satisfy the self-interests of that country at the expense of their own people," he stressed.

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SEOUL -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members will be required to restore free trade order from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequent economic downturns when the APEC leader's meeting is virtually held on Friday, a South Korean expert said.

"The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for (global) free trade to get back into a right track. Protectionist moves strongly arose with economic downturns across the world, giving a big, tough challenge to free trade," Jeon Byeong-seo, director at the Institute of Chinese Economic and Financial Research, told an interview with Xinhua Friday.

"It will be more important than everything that economic powerhouses, such as China and the United States, open up markets and take the lead in restoring (global) free trade order," said Jeon.

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SINGAPORE -- The recently-signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would be a huge boost for economic growth in post-COVID-19 pandemic era, a Singapore scholar said here in a recent interview with Xinhua.

"The timing of this partnership couldn't be better", said Cai Daolu, a visiting senior fellow of the National University of Singapore Business School.

For all the countries, rich or poor, developing or developed, they all need the optimal provision of health care equipment. So in the world where all the supply chains are so connected and intertwined, to maximize the provision of heath care products, "we need more trade," he noted.

Similarly, "if we want a speedy recovery, we need more trade of goods and services. So in a sense, trade is going to be the medicine for a speedy recovery," Cai said.

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