Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 21

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HONG KONG -- Radical protesters set fires, built up barricades and vandalized public facilities on Saturday in renewed violence in China's Hong Kong.

Rioters on Saturday afternoon threw petrol bombs and set fires at various locations near the center of Tuen Mun, a town in northwest Hong Kong. They also blocked roads with barricades and dug up bricks from roads and hurled them at the police.

Rioters also vandalized the Tuen Mun light rail station and left obstacles on the rail tracks. The metro stations of Tuen Mun and Yuen Long were forced to shut down. Hong Kong's Light Rail service was partly suspended. (Hong Kong-Riot)

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BANGKOK -- The Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC) on Saturday told the media that Thailand has yet found evidences of African Swine Fever (ASF).

However, the DDC warned all Thai border provinces to stay vigilant as evidences of ASF in pigs had been found in Thailand's neighboring countries. (Thailand-ASF)

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TOKYO -- The 2019 China Festival, a fair that presents Chinese cuisine, specialties, culture and entertainment to the Japanese people in an effort to promote bilateral friendship, kicked off on Saturday in downtown Tokyo.

In the two-day festival in Yoyogi Park, where a spectacular stage and some 100 booths selling Chinese cuisine and specialties were set up, Chinese and Japanese artists will give shows, and groups of art performance from China's Hubei,Heilongjiang and other places are expected to present performances with local and ethnic characteristics. (Chinese Festival-Japan-Launch)

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NEW DELHI -- The English and Hindi versions of China's renowned author and historian Ji Xianlin's biography titled "Ji Xianlin: A Critical Biography," was launched Saturday at New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

India bestowed one of his highest civilian awards "Padma Bhushan" on Ji Xianlin in 2008. His biography reconstructs the academic, professional and personal journey of the doyen of Indology, Buddhism, and Orientalism in China. (Ji Xianlin-Biography-India)

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NEW DELHI -- At least six people died and eight others injured when a powerful blast took place in a fire-crackers manufacturing factory in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

The fire-cracker factory is located in the state's Etah district.

Speaking to Xinhua over phone, a senior doctor at the local government hospital said "Six persons died in the blast. Eight persons were injured, out of whom three have been admitted to our hospital and the rest five referred to another district's hospital." (India-Factory Fire) Enditem

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