Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 7

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday launched the five-year, 60-billion-U.S.-dollar National Strategic Development Plan (2019-2023).

Speaking at the event here, Hun Sen said the plan was designed to ensure a sustainable economic growth of around 7 percent a year for a long term and to further reduce the country's poverty rate to below 10 percent. (Cambodia-National development plan)

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HONG KONG -- The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Thursday called for the stop of all threats and violence so as to hold the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election in a peaceful and orderly manner.

The election will be held on Nov. 24.

A spokesman for the EAC said that over 4.13 million registered electors can vote in the election, and their right for voting should not be interfered by violence or any improper conduct. (Hong Kong-Election)

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HANOI -- All 39 people found dead in the Essex lorry incident were confirmed to be Vietnamese nationals, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.

After a period of active coordination, examination and comparison of personal identities, as of Thursday evening, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and British authorities have confirmed that all 39 victims found dead in a lorry in Essex were Vietnamese nationals, the ministry said on its official website. (Vietnam-Lorry-Victims)

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TOKYO -- A U.S. F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped a dummy bomb weighing over 200 kg on private land outside of a designated target range in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, the Defense Ministry said here Thursday.

"The dropped object is quite heavy and it must not happen. We will ask the U.S. side to take effective measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again," Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press briefing on the matter. (Japan-U.S.-Dummy Bomb)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia is facing threats of terror attacks which might be perpetrated by homegrown radical groups affiliated to Islamic State (IS) in the 2020 regional elections process, an Indonesian intelligence analyst said here on Thursday.

Identifying the threats as part of potential conflicts during the regional elections scheduled nationwide on Sept. 23, 2020, Director of the Indonesia Intelligence Institute Ridlwan Habib said the attacks could occur in areas known as their potential targets and network development basis across the country. (Indonesia-Terror-Threat) Enditem

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