Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 19

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa said that a display of patience, determination and unity is required to bring ultimate peace in the country, the military's media wing said in a statement.

Addressing troops in the northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan on Saturday, the army chief said that after successful war against terrorism, there are still some challenges in security-related issues, but the current trials are not as much as they faced against terrorism in the recent past, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in the statement. (Pakistan-Peace)

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VARANASI, India -- The seventh and final phase of polling of the ongoing 17th general elections began in 59 parliamentary constituencies on Sunday, across seven states and one union territory.

The parliamentary constituencies going to polls include all the 13 constituencies in northern state Punjab, 13 in northern Uttar Pradesh, nine in eastern state West Bengal, eight each in central state Madhya Pradesh and eastern state Bihar, four in northern hilly state Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand, besides one in union territory of Chandigarh in north India. (India-Election)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been hailed as a legend of his party after he led it to a surprise election victory on Saturday night.

Morrison's conservative Liberal National Party (LNP) Coalition defied opinion polls to win a third term in government in Saturday's general election. (Australia-Election)

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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government announced on Sunday a new and collaborative approach to tackle family and sexual violence - one of the country's most disturbing long-term challenges.

The government is delivering the largest ever investment in family and sexual violence and support services as part of the Wellbeing Budget so as to break the cycle of family and sexual violence in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement. (New Zealand-Family Violence)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh and China have launched a new platform, the Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum, in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, focusing on lasting links under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) between the two countries for mutual benefit.

The event was attended by political leadership, high-ranking officials from the private and public sector, community representatives and the members of the business sector and media. (Bangladesh-China-BRI) Enditem

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