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Now that the party congress is firmly behind us, its important to unpack everything that was said at the meeting. According to analysts, Xi looks set to continue his liberalization of the economy including allowing more foreign investment while maintaining his tough anti-corruption stance.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  Marawi siege has ended but not militancy  
 
     
 
  The deaths of key Islamic State (IS) leaders in the Marawi City siege are just a temporary setback as the militant group has sown seeds of hatred deeply in the southern Philippines, says an analyst. “The just-concluded battle in Marawi was not just a spur-of-the-moment campaign. It involved thorough planning and preparations since 2014,” said Octovio Dinampo, an anti-kidnapping activist based in Jolo.

He said those who failed to emerge would certainly regroup. Yesterday, the Philippines declared an end to five months of urban warfare in Marawi City held by IS militants. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said combat operations had been terminated after troops prevailed in the last stand against the gunmen. “There are no more militants in Marawi,” he told the media.
 
 
 
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ADB to provide $1.2 billion to Mongolia over 4 years
 
   
 
Support amounting to $1.2 billion over the next four years will focus on three core pillars. The first pillar is economic and social stability. The second pillar is infrastructure for economic diversification, and the third is strengthening environmental sustainability.
 
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Lee Hsien Loong meets with Trump in Washington
 
   
 
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met with Trump in Washington on Monday where they witnessed the signing of an agreement between Singapore Airlines and aircraft manufacturer Boeing to buy 39 aeroplanes, worth close to US$14 billion.
 
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Former deputy prime minister flees Cambodia
 
   
 
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lu Lay Sreng left the country for Thailand yesterday morning, the day after the royalist party and Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to file lawsuits against him for disparaging the King and accusing the government of bribing Funcinpec.
 
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  Xi instructs party to put the people first  
 
     
 
  Rural official Pan Kegang said what General Secretary Xi Jinping said at his village two years ago has been a motto to remind him to work for the people. Whether the Party's policy is good or not depends on whether it makes the people smile or cry, Xi said during an inspection tour of the impoverished village of Huamao in Guizhou province in June 2015.

Pan, a delegate to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, recalled the words when Xi attended a panel discussion with Guizhou delegates on Thursday as part of the congress. Pan, presenting Xi with a photo showing the enormous changes taking place in the once-poor village, said, "We will work harder to give people more smiles." This people-centered philosophy is an important part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era unveiled at the congress.
 
 
 
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