Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT, Jan. 8

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TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co.'s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Tuesday appeared in public for the first time since his arrest on Nov. 19 at a Tokyo court where he robustly maintained his innocence regarding allegations of financial misconduct that has led to his lengthy detention.

At the request of Ghosn and his lawyers, he was granted permission to voice his opinions in the court for the first time since his arrest on the allegations he vastly under-reported his remuneration and other charges. (Japan-Nissan)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's presidential Blue House on Tuesday welcomed the visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to China, as it was anticipated to contribute to building peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Eui-keum, the Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that Kim's visit to China was anticipated to contribute to the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and the settlement of permanent peace. (South Korea-DPRK-China-Visit)

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SEOUL -- South Korea decided Tuesday to offer about 200,000 doses of Tamiflu antiviral medication to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in humanitarian aid.

The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Council made the decision, setting aside 3.56 billion won (3.2 million U.S. dollars) for transport cost and purchasing the medication that treats influenza, according to Seoul's unification ministry. (South Korea-DPRK-Health)

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HONG KONG -- One person was killed, four others were injured and another two were missing after an oil tanker caught fire Tuesday off Hong Kong's Lamma Island.

The vessel, carrying oil and chemicals, caught fire at 11:29 a.m. local time at Lamma Southwest Anchorage. The fire was upgraded to No. 3 alarm at 1:33 p.m., according to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government's information service department. (HK-Oil Tanker-Fire)

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KATHMANDU -- Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari expressed the hope on Monday that Nepal and China would further enhance their age-old friendly cooperation under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

Bhandari made the remarks when newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi met Bhandari at the presidential palace in Kathmandu on Monday, Nepali officials told Xinhua. (Nepal-China-Relation) Enditem

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