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  • Thursday December 17th, 2020

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [DECEMBER 17, 2020]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [DECEMBER 17, 2020]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [DECEMBER 17, 2020] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center
HOT NEWS
  1. WHO has initiated an international mission in China that will take place in early January, 2021 to conduct the investigation on the origin and trace of the COVID-19. Source: Reuters
  2. Boris Johnson offered India, South Korea and Australia to take part in the G7 summit next year, as the U.S. and EU seek to expand their alliance to counter the rise of China. Source: South China Morning Post
  3. The U.S. Treasury labelled several countries, namely, Switzerland, Vietnam, India, Thailand and Taiwan as currency manipulators, a move some believe will complicate Biden’s team. Source: The Straits Times
WORLD
  1. The U.S. and the UK signed an agreement that will enable smooth transition of custom trades and prevent custom fraud, effective after the UK leaves the EU. Source: Sputnik
  2. The U.S. imposed sanctions on one Vietnamese company that operates in China and UAE for their role in supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemical products. Source: Al Jazeera
  3. Turkey government rejected the fresh sanctions imposed on it by the U.S.  for purchasing Russian air-defense system, calling the move an attack on sovereignty. Source: teleSUR
REGIONS
  1. Malaysian government imposed a State of Emergency that would see a delay to the by-elections scheduled for next month in a bid to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases. Source: CNA
  2. Novavax Inc reached an agreement with the New Zealand government to provide 10.7 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, which is expected to be delivered by mid-2021. Source: Reuters
  3. Indonesian government announced that they will provide COVID-19 vaccination for free to all citizens and the President will be the first recipient to highlight the safety of the vaccine. Source: The Straits Times
CAMBODIA
  1. The MAFF will receive 200,000 doses of cattle vaccines from its Chinese counterpart to use as an emergency to prevent and control the disease. Source: AKP
  2. Cambodia’s economy is projected to contract by 2 percent in 2020 but it would bounce back and increase by 4 percent in 2021, according to the World Bank economic update. Source: AKP
  3. The CPP said that there will be no room for negotiation with CNRP, as their leaders called for political reconciliation ahead of returning of the exiled members to attend the court. Source: Khmer Times

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