Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 1

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HONG KONG -- Nearly 200 Hong Kong enterprises will participate in the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai to showcase quality Hong Kong products and services and promote Hong Kong as the international commerce and trading platform in Asia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Friday.

The nearly 200 Hong Kong enterprises, an increase of about 20 percent compared with the inaugural CIIE, will also take part in the Enterprise and Business Exhibition of the second CIIE. (Hong Kong-CIIE)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has deepened its regional integration after establishment of the ASEAN Community four years ago, Cambodian scholars said.

"The ASEAN has deepened its regional integration and community notwithstanding against the trend of protectionism and unilateralism," Chheang Vannarith, president of the Asian Vision Institute, told Xinhua. (Cambodia-ASEAN)

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MANILA -- Nineteen people were killed and 22 others injured when a flatbed truck carrying passengers fell into a ravine in the mountainous northern Philippine Apayao province on Thursday night, police said on Friday.

Police said the crash happened around 7 p.m. local time on Thursday while the truck was traveling from Kalinga province to nearby Apayao province. (Philippines-Traffic Accident)

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SYDNEY -- A world-first Australian study of coral has challenged long-held scientific assumptions about the role of sunlight in creating biodiversity, with impacts potentially extending far beyond the reef.

Released on Friday, the study investigated coral diversity in Papua New Guinea's Kimbe Bay, and was led by Dr Ed Roberts from Australia's James Cook University (JCU), along with colleagues from the Queensland Museum, Britain and Denmark. (Australia-Coral Study) Enditem

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