Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0630 GMT, Aug. 12

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SEOUL -- South Korea on Monday decided to remove Japan from its whitelist of trusted export partners after Tokyo's such removal earlier this month.

South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yun-mo told a press briefing that Seoul's export control of strategic materials will be run to meet the basic principle of the international export control system. (South Korea-Japan-Whitelist)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government in early morning of Monday condemned violent acts of protesters occurring on Sunday, with some even hurling petrol bombs, causing injuries of a police officer.

In unlawful assemblies in various districts, violent protesters vandalized public property, blocked roads, besieged police stations, and aimed laser beams and hurled bricks to attack police officers, a spokesperson of the HKSAR government said in a statement. (Hong Kong-Violence)

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SYDNEY -- Australians have endured a bizarrely wintery weekend, with parts of the country's southeast seeing snow for the first time in decades as an Antarctic vortex brought frigid conditions from the south.

The State of New South Wales' (NSW) iconic Blue Mountains ranges, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, were blanketed in white on Saturday with shocked residents in Katoomba, Goulburn and the Central Tablelands waking to the unusual sight. (Australia-Snow)

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SUVA -- Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama urged on Monday the leaders of the Pacific island countries to work together to deal with the climate change which is believed to be the biggest threat especially for the Pacific region.

According to a Fijian government statement, Bainimarama made the appeal on Monday while addressing at a climate change Sautalaga (open discussion) in Tuvalu ahead of Tuesday's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting with the theme "Securing our Future in the Pacific." (Fiji-Climate Change) Enditem

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