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

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COLOMBO -- The World Bank has changed Sri Lanka's classification from a lower-middle income country to an upper-middle income country under its latest country income classifications for the 2020 fiscal year, local media reports said here Thursday.

The World Bank in a statement said it had classified the world's economies into four income groups, high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low and upgraded economies on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. (Sri Lanka-World Bank)

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VIENTIANE -- The China-Laos railway will create thousands of local jobs when the project becomes operational in 2021, a Lao government official said.

Accordingly, the Lao government is planning to build a Lao railway vocational technical college with assistance from China to train and supply professional railway personnel. (Laos-China-Railway)

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SYDNEY -- Australian audiences will have the chance to see Yang Liping's celebrated new show, Rite of Spring, when the Chinese superstar choreographer and dancer returns to the Brisbane Festival in the State of Queensland.

Organisers revealed on Thursday that following the success of Yang's previous work, Under Siege, at 2017's Brisbane Festival, Aussies would once again be treated to her unique blend of Chinese aesthetics and modern expression when this year's festival takes place in September. (Australia-Dance)

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SYDNEY -- Some of the world's best robotics engineers, programmers and designers have descended upon Sydney on Thursday, for the first day of action at RoboCup 2019 - an international competition showcasing the cutting edge of robotics technology.

"We already have over 2,000 (competitors) and that's split between the major competition which is university research level and also the Junior competition for school kids," Chair of the RoboCup 2019 Organising Committee and long-time mentor to the University of New South Wales Sydney RoboCup teams, Professor Claude Sammut told Xinhua. (Australia-Robotics Competition) Enditem

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