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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 12

12 Jan 2021

TOKYO -- Domestic violence cases in Japan marked a record high of over 130,000 in fiscal 2020, as people were more stressed and worried about life amid the COVID-19 pandemic that forced them to spend more time at home, a government survey showed on Tuesday.

The total number of cases amounted to 132,355 from April to November in 2020, four months before the end of the fiscal year on March 31, surpassing the fiscal 2019 level by 13,000. (Japan-Violence Cases)

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NEW DELHI -- India's factory activity growth, determined by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), contracted 1.9 percent in November 2020, the government data showed Tuesday.

The manufacturing sector output shrank by 1.7 percent in November 2020 and mining output saw a decline of 7.3 percent. However, power generation grew 3.5 percent during this period. (India-Factory Activity)

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MANILA -- The Philippines has spent 2.66 trillion pesos (roughly 55.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2020 for its direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for 14.7 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the government finance chief revealed on Tuesday.

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said in a statement that the government's pandemic financial response in the past 10 months of 2020 included a large social protection program that provided emergency cash grants to low-income Philippine families and wage subsidies to workers in small businesses. (Philippines-COVID-19-Spending)

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NAY PYI TAW -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing agreed here on Tuesday to accelerate the construction of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to boost bilateral ties.

China has agreed with Myanmar in principle on implementing the action plan of building the China-Myanmar community with a shared future, hoping the Myanmar army can make new contributions to the common goal of the two countries, Wang noted. (Myanmar-Wang Yi-Visit)

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