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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Jan. 19

19 Jan 2021, 22:49 GMT+10

WASHINGTON --The United States and China should boost cooperation on global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the competitive elements of their bilateral relationship, a U.S. business leader has said.

"Such collaboration would be probably very productive, particularly over the longer term," U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) President Craig Allen told Xinhua in a recent video interview.

"If we are to value the global commons and try to improve the situation, not only in Asia, not only in America, not only in China, but globally, the two have to work together," he said.

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LAGOS -- The Nigerian government has announced a 10 billion naira (about 25.3 million U.S. dollars) fund to support domestic vaccine production to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

"While we are working to develop our own vaccines, Nigeria is exploring options for licensed production, in collaboration with recognized institutions. We are also exploring the option of local production of the vaccines in the country," Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

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CANBERRA -- Australia's tourism industry has called for more government support as it faces another bleak year.

"There is no way that domestic tourism can fill the gap that will be left by inbound international travel," Margy Osmond, the chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Tuesday.

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations (UN) continues to worry about the consequences of the U.S. designation of Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, said a spokesman on Monday.

"In Yemen, the UN continues to be deeply concerned that the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization designation of the Houthis will push Yemen into a large-scale famine. Given the dangerous situation right now with the risk of famine, the policy should be reversed," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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