Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 11

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CANBERRA -- Australia's annual employment rate is at an all-time high according to a report on the nation's welfare. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Wednesday published the 2019 report card on the welfare of Australians.

It revealed that as of 2018, 74 percent of Australians aged between 15 and 64 were employed -- the highest annual employment rate recorded in Australia. (Australia-Employment)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet with the hefty revamp aimed at boosting public support while retaining the services of his allies holding similar political views in key ministerial and executive positions.

The reshuffle, which followed a revamp of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) executive lineup earlier Monday, has seen 17 of the prime minister's 19 cabinet ministers either replaced or reassigned within the government, with as many as 13 new ministers being introduced. (Japan-Cabinet reshuffle)

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SEOUL -- South Korea on Wednesday filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Japan over its restrictions on the export to South Korea of three materials vital to make memory chips and display panels.

Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee told a press briefing that the South Korean government decided to file the suit with the WTO over Japan's moves in order to protect national interests and prevent the repeated abuse of trade for the political purpose. (South Korea-Japan-WTO)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) said on Wednesday it has made a proposal to the Board of London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSEG) to combine the two companies.

"Bringing HKEX and LSEG together will redefine global capital markets for decades to come," Chief Executive of HKEX Charles Li said in a statement. (Hong Kong-HKEX-LSEG) Enditem

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