Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 30

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YOUNG, Australia -- In spite of shower, hail and frigidity, lion dancing and red lanterns made Young, in the heart of Hilltops Region, a festive town on Saturday.

The Lambing Flat Chinese Festival was kicked off Saturday afternoon, when multicultural events were held to celebrate the contribution of Chinese to Australia. (Australia-China-Festival)

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YANGON -- The offshore fixed pilot station which was constructed by a Chinese engineering company opened in Myanmar's Yangon on Saturday.

Managed by the Myanmar Port Authority under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Yangon Offshore Fixed Pilot Station project which is the second of its kind in the world, following the one built in Thailand, started in March 2017 and construction of the station by China Harbour Engineering Co., Ltd. completed in February this year. (Myanmar-China-Pilot Station)

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- A Festival of Australia is to be held in 10 Chinese cities between May and June, announced Simon Birmingham, the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, on Saturday.

The festival, which runs between May 20 and June 2, will showcase Australia's food, wine, aged care, innovation, education, investment, culture, tourism and sport. (Australia-China-Festival)

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Militancy and counter-militancy have left 26 fighters dead including 13 militants in Kandahar and Zabul provinces since Saturday morning, officials said.

At least five militants and three police constable were confirmed dead as clash erupted between government forces and the Taliban fighters in Band-e-Timor area of Miwand district in Kandahar province early Saturday and lasted for a while, provincial police chief Tawdin Khan has confirmed. (Afghanistan-Clash-Death) Enditem

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