Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 29

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TOKYO -- Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama said Friday that senior trade officials from Tokyo and Seoul will meet to discuss Japan's tightened export controls, with the meeting slated to take place next month.

The proposed meeting set to be held during the third week in December in Tokyo, will mark the first such director general-level meeting between both sides in more than three years and the first since Japan slapped tighter controls on tech-related exports to South Korea in July. (Japan-South Korea-Trade)

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HONG KONG -- The president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) said on Friday, after the management of the university took over the campus from the police, that the campus was severely damaged during the occupation of rioters.

After inspecting the university that had been occupied by rioters for about two weeks, President of PolyU Teng Jin-Guang told the media that severe damage has been done to buildings, facilities, laboratories and many other things. (HK-PolyU-Riot)

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HONG KONG -- The number of visitors to Hong Kong dropped 43.7 percent year on year to 3.31 million in October, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).

The decline has been widening since July as tourism took the major brunt of recent social unrest. In the first ten months, the number of visitors went down by 4.7 percent from a year ago, marking the first decline this year. (HK-Tourism)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand and Hong Kong on Friday signed six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for the expansions in trade and investment links during the visit of Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam to the country starting on Thursday.

The MoUs are related parties on trade and investment, finance, securities cross-listing, creativity, innovation, human resources development and startups. (Thailand-Hong Kong-Trade) Enditem

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