Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, March 4

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SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday that her ministry will seek to hold three-way talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to help rapidly resume the DPRK-U.S. dialogue.

Kang made the remarks in her report to President Moon Jae-in during a National Security Council (NSC) meeting of the presidential Blue House, chaired by the president in about nine months, according to Moon's office. (South Korea-Three-way talk)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and India on Monday resumed cross-border passenger train service that was suspended due to recent tensions over the last month's suicide attack in the Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing over 40 Indian policemen, officials said.

The "Samjhota Express" train, carrying some 150 passengers, left railway station in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, for India Monday morning, according to local media. (Pakistan-India-Train)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for quick resumption of meeting between the leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

Moon made the remark during a plenary session of the National Security Council (NSC), according to the presidential Blue House. (South Korea-Talk)

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CANBERRA -- Australia and Indonesia signed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday after years of negotiations.

Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham joined his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita to sign the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. (Australia-Indonesia-FTA) Enditem

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