Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 8

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia and Sri Lanka signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Thursday to boost bilateral relations in politics, trade and investment, a Cambodian senior official said.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the signing ceremony of the MoUs after their meeting at the Peace Palace, said Eang Sophalleth, a personal assistant to Hun Sen. (Cambodia-Sri Lanka-Relations)

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HONG KONG -- The Real Estate Developers Association (REDA) of Hong Kong on Thursday issued a statement to condemn the escalating violence and called for restoring peace and order, with multiple major developers co-signing.

The Hong Kong society has been suffering from the acts of violence perpetrated by a small group of individuals lately and such acts have deviated from the original intent of peaceful demonstrations and are bringing distress to the business community and the general public as a whole, the REDA said in the statement. (HK-REDA-Violence)

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JAKARTA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) inaugurated here on Thursday its new secretariat building as it commemorates its 52nd anniversary.

Inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat building was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, foreign ministers of ASEAN countries, former ASEAN senior officials and foreign diplomats serving in Indonesia. (ASEAN-Anniversary)

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TOKYO -- Japan issued its first permit for exporting to South Korea a chemical needed in producing semiconductors since imposing stricter export controls last month, Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said Thursday.

"We don't usually disclose our decisions. But we made an exception this time because the South Korean government is unfairly criticizing us by claiming we have implemented an export ban," Seko said. (Japan-S. Korea-Export)

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HONG KONG -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Thursday lodged stern representations with the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong after an officer at the consulate general reportedly met with major "Hong Kong Independence" activists.

In response, an official at the commissioner's office urgently summoned a senior official at the U.S. consulate general to lodge stern representations, expressing strong disapproval and firm opposition, and requiring clarification. (HK-U.S.-Representations) Enditem

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