Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 3
TOKYO -- Japan's monetary base rose 52.5 percent in November from a year earlier to a record 189.72 trillion yen (about 1.84 trillion U.S. dollars) due to the central bank's ultra loose monetary policy aimed at beating Japan's prolonged deflation, according to local media Tuesday.
It is the ninth straight month of increase of the monetary base, Japan's Kyodo News quoted the central bank, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) , as saying, adding the average daily balance of liquidity provided by the BOJ rose for the 19th consecutive month. (Japan- Monetary Base)
WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government's spy chiefs have given public assurances that they don't carry out "mass surveillance" of New Zealanders and said they don't believe anyone else does.
Ian Fletcher, director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and Warren Tucker, director of the Security Intelligence Service (SIS), appeared in front of parliament's intelligence and security committee on Tuesday -- the first time the annual review of their agencies hasn't been held in secret. ( New Zealand-Spy)
NEW DELHI -- India Tuesday test-fired its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a military base in the east Indian state of Odisha, around 1,600 km from here.
The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district. (India-Missile)
BANGKOK -- Anti-government protesters were allowed on Tuesday to enter the compound of the Metropolitan Police Bureau in the Thai capital Bangkok two days after their failure to take up the police headquarters due to police resistance.
Police removed barriers outside the bureau for protesters to go inside. (Thailand-Protest)