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

SEOUL — South Korea’s economy was faced with uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic despite a recent recovery in export, a government report said Friday.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance said in its monthly economic report, called Green Book, that the investment and the manufacturing industry improved recently on the back of export recovery.

The ministry, however, noted that the real economy continued to be facing uncertainty from the weakened domestic demand and employment amid the COVID-19 resurgence here and the tightened quarantine measures.

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SYDNEY — The Chinese business community in Australia’s state of Western Australia (WA) made donation to and help local organizations in the recovery from the devastating bushfire that hit the state earlier this month.

David Sun, president of the China Chamber of Commerce in Australia Perth branch, told Xinhua on Friday that the chamber donated altogether 50,000 Australian dollars (about 38,900 U.S. dollars) to Bushfire Volunteers WA, community service provider Midlas and Wildlife Australia Inc.

“Our members are encouraged to contribute and be involved in the broader Western Australian community, not just its business community. When Western Australia has challenges, we like to make a contribution,” Sun said.

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WASHINGTON — After a virtual meeting with Britain, Germany, and France, also known as E3, the United States said on Thursday that it was ready to attend talks with Iran and other major countries to discuss the Iran nuclear issue.

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” American State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the Iran nuclear issue with his counterparts from Britain, Germany, and France in a virtual meeting.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his insights on innovation and sent best wishes to the Chinese people in an interview with a young Chinese blogger.

He Shijie, a senior student at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, published the online interview on Thursday.

Cook insisted that there’s no one formula for innovation, but a culture of creativity and a culture of collaboration can help with it. He also noted that diversity plays an important role. “You put people together that have different skills, that look at the world differently. Maybe they’re from different places, they have different backgrounds … and it is amazing what can come out of it.”

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