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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Sept. 21

21 Sep 2020, 22:30 GMT+10

MONTEVIDEO -- China has radically changed the lives of millions of people with an effective poverty reduction strategy, which provided other developing countries with a roadmap of "possible paths" to higher standards of living, a top Uruguayan politician has said.

"What the Chinese government has achieved is an impressive transformation of people's lives," Javier Miranda, president of Uruguay's Broad Front (FA) party, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

"In a world of some 7 billion inhabitants, having lifted almost 10 percent of the (global) population out of poverty has had an enormous impact on improving humanity's quality of life," said Miranda, a 56-year-old lawyer who has presided over the party since 2016.

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LONDON -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that Britain is facing a "tipping point" regarding the coronavirus pandemic and more restrictions are possible to cope with the spread of virus.

"We face a choice. If everybody follows the rules -- and we'll be increasingly stringent on the people who are not following the rules -- then we can avoid further national lockdowns," Hancock told the BBC.

"I don't want to see more measures, more restrictive measures, but if people don't follow the rules that is how the virus spreads," he said.

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico on Sunday restated its willingness to work closely with the U.S. authorities to combat drug trafficking and dismantle drug trafficking rings.

"The government of Mexico reiterates its willingness to continue working closely and in coordination with the U.S. authorities for the benefit of the safety and health of the inhabitants of both countries, based on the principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect for the sovereignty, jurisdiction and laws of both countries," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government has committed to investing 27 million NZ dollars (18.3 million U.S. dollars) in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Deputy Prime minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Monday.

"The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, diversified portfolio of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. This will ensure we are spreading risk and keeping our options open," Peters said in a statement.

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