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Asia / Oceanía

Brasilia, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) A new contract to borrow five billion dollars was signed by Petrobras with the Chinese Development Bank (CDB) reported today the Brazilian state petroleum enterprise.

Hanoi, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam plans to notably increase coffee production over the next years, but above all its aggregate values, to consolidate as second largest producer and exporter of the bean.

Beijing, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) By the end of November, 3.99 billion U.S. dollars had been invested in the reconstruction of quake-hit Ludian County, in southwest China''s Yunnan Province, Xinhua reported. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted Ludian on August 3, 2014, causing a toll of 617 people dead and 3,143 wounded, and economic losses or nearly 3 billion US dollars, the news agency recalled.

Islamabad, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis today, with whom he analyzed the state of bilateral relations, resented by Washington''s statements against this country.

Seoul, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Air Forces of South Korea and the United States have begun today their largest-ever combined air drill, with around 230 aircraft and bombers, including U.S. F-22 and F-35 fighters.

Colombo, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka will work with the international community, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to prevent crimes against journalists from going unpunished, government sources said today.

Montevideo, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The massive participation of Chinese and Latin American corporations in the recently concluded Business Summit of Punta del Este, Uruguay, between these two regions, marked a step forward in the future of economic and commercial relations.

Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The challenge of safe food as of biotechnology focuses debates of a congress that begins here today with specialists from more than 30 countries.

Hanoi, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) 84 percent of Vietnamese residents in large cities, 71 percent of residents in secondary cities, and 68 percent of those living in rural areas, have at least one smartphone. A poll by the company Nielsen Vietnam revealed today that the well-known smartphones are an increasingly common good among the citizens of this country.

Washington, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) US units of the Marine Corps and the Navy will participate from today until December 8 in the Vigilant Ace 2017 joint exercises in the Republic of Korea.

Beijing, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) China has described as regrettable today the resurfacing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reiterated its opposition to any act that worsens the crisis, in response to the current military maneuvers carried out by the United States and South Korea.