Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 13

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SYDNEY -- Police authorities of Australia's Queensland state said on Tuesday morning that a major investigation is underway following the deaths of multiple people including two police officers in a shooting incident in the state.

The incident took place in the Western Downs on Monday afternoon when four police officers were in attendance at a property on Wains Road at Wieambilla in relation to a missing person investigation.

As they were approaching the property, two police officers were shot by two armed offenders, and a member of the public was also shot and killed. Two other police officers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (Australia-Shooting incident-Deaths)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' total external trade in goods rose by 12.3 percent in October to 18.70 billion U.S. dollars, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday.

Of the total external trade in October this year, the agency said 58.8 percent were imported goods, while the rest were exported goods. The balance of trade in goods amounted to minus 3.31 billion dollars, indicating a trade deficit with an annual increase of 13.5 percent.

According to the agency, China was the Philippines' biggest supplier of imported goods and also contributed the fourth-highest export value to the Philippines in October. (Philippines-Trade-October)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least two people were killed and eight others injured on Monday in a collision between a van and a trailer in Naushahro Feroze district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, local media reported.

According to the reports, the accident took place in the wee hours at the Dadu-Moro link road when a van collided with a trailer laden with sugarcane, resulting in the killing of two persons on the spot.

Police and rescue teams reached the site and shifted the victims to a hospital, local media said, adding that the injured included women and children. (Pakistan-Accident)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Cambodian government had a total public debt stock of 9.47 billion U.S. dollars as of September 2022, according to the Cambodia Public Debt Statistical Bulletin published by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Tuesday.

The public debt comprised 68 percent from bilateral Developing Partners (DPs) and 32 percent from multilateral DPs, the bulletin said.

"The composition of the public debt stock is comprised of foreign currencies, of which 43 percent is USD (U.S. dollar), 20 percent is SDR (Special Drawing Rights), 12 percent is CNY (Chinese yuan), 10 percent is JPY (Japanese yen), six percent is EUR (euro) and the rest is local and other currencies," the bulletin said. (Cambodia-Public Debt)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia, the world's second-largest palm oil producer, saw its palm oil stocks slip 4.98 percent from the previous month to 2.29 million tonnes in November, official data showed Tuesday.

According to the data from the industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia's crude palm oil production in November fell 7.33 percent month on month to 1.68 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, palm oil exports rose 0.92 percent month on month to 1.52 million tonnes. Malaysia's palm oil imports, on the other hand, tumbled 31.88 percent month on month to 47,047 tonnes. (Malaysia-Palm Oil)

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HONG KONG -- Government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) held a memorial ceremony Tuesday to mourn the victims of the Nanjing Massacre.

Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of the HKSAR John Lee, and principal officials of the HKSAR government attended the ceremony and observed a moment of silence.

Lee laid a wreath in memory of the victims at the ceremony held at the HKSAR government headquarters.(Hong Kong-Nanjing Massacre-Memorial Day) Enditem

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