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Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000GMT, Aug. 26

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Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000GMT, Aug. 26

SEOUL -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday began consultations, via letter exchange, on Pyongyang's participation in the Seoul-hosted Asian Games slated for next month, local media reported citing Seoul's unification ministry officials.

The letter in the name of the Incheon Asian Games organizing committee was sent to the DPRK counterpart through the liaison office at the truce village of Panmunjom, a unification ministry was quoted by local media as saying.(S.Korea-DPRK-Asian Game)

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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung urged the community to use legal means to express views on constitutional development here Tuesday.

Addressing the media before the Executive Council meeting Tuesday, Leung said the behavior of the Occupy Central organizers had hindered Hong Kong's constitutional reform process.(HK-CY Leung-Occupy Central)

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NAY PYI TAW -- ASEAN and China agreed to negotiate on upgrading the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) Tuesday to ensure that the ACFTA remained dynamic and commercially relevant, said a joint statement of the 13th AEM-MOFCOM Consultations.

The Consultations held in Nay Pyi Taw as part of the series of related meetings of the 46th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM) .(ASEAN-China-ACFTA)

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HONG KONG -- The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced Tuesday that starting from this year, official ceremonies will be held every year to commemorate the victory of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression and victims who died in the Nanjing Massacre respectively.

Earlier this year, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress designated Sept. 3 and Dec. 13 as the Victory Day of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression and Nanjing Massacre Memorial Day respectively. (HK- Official Ceremonies-War)

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