More than 180 officials from 28 Asian and Pacific countries gathered in Beijing Nov. 4-6 to explore ways to improve their cooperation in promoting child’s rights across the region, Xinhua News reports. The meeting was sponsored by the All China Women’s Federation, China’s Ministry of Commerce and the National Working Committee for Children and Women. It was supported by UNICEF.

    Meanwhile, at a meeting of Asian finance ministers in Japan, Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda urged East Asian countries to improve Asia’s regional infrastructure networks and remove barriers to intra-regional trade. These steps are necessary for emerging Asia to sustain its growth, Kuroda explained.

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