Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Oct. 14

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on Monday that based on advance estimates, the country's gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2019 grew 0.1 percent year on year.

That was the same pace of growth as in the previous quarter, the ministry added.

On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis, Singapore's economy expanded by 0.6 percent in the third quarter, a turnaround from the 2.7 percent contraction in the preceding quarter. (Singapore-GDP)

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VIENTIANE -- Lao Press in Foreign Languages officially launched Chinese language news portals to broaden its customer base and reach a wider audience.

Lao Press in Foreign Languages, the state-run media outlet under Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, on Friday hosted a ceremony to unveil the new internet platforms.

The Chinese language news portals are operated on the popular Chinese social media platforms of Wechat and Weibo. (Laos-Chinese language)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong police on Monday condemned rioters who went on the rampage again during the past weekend, with violent acts from smashing shops and vandalizing metro stations to launching firebomb and cut-throat attacks against police.

The destructive acts were committed extensively across Hong Kong in an organized manner, the police said in a statement, stressing that the masked rioters completely disregarded the law and order, and breached the public peace.

Thugs rampantly assaulted police officers, police vehicles and stations. A rioter attacked with a sharp object and slashed an officer's neck at Kwun Tong metro station. (Hong Kong-Police)

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TOKYO -- Five Chinese crew members died, one missing and another rescued after a Panama registered cargo ship sank late Saturday in Tokyo Bay, where it was anchored as Typhoon Hagibis approached, the Chinese embassy in Japan confirmed to Xinhua on Monday.

The embassy is in close contact with Japan Coast Guard, urging them to step up its search for the missing, according to an official at the embassy.

The Panamanian 1,925-ton ship "Jia De" anchored off the coast of Kawasaki city, south of Tokyo, as Typhoon Hagibis approached. The ship's tracking signal was lost around 9:40 p.m. (1240 GMT) on Saturday, the coast guard said. (Japan-Chinese Ship Crew) Enditem

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