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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 19

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- As dark clouds hung over Japan's Hiroshima on Friday, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders' annual summit got underway here as demonstrations and doubts loomed large.

Hundreds of protesters from all over the country, even abroad, gathered in Hiroshima's Funairi Daiichi Park, not far from the summit's venue, to decry the finger-pointing bloc that advertises its own version of world order. (Japan-G7 Summit)

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MACAO -- Restaurants and retail businesses in Macao continued to rise in March from the same period of last year, the special administrative region's statistics service said on Friday.

The latest report from the Statistics and Census Service indicated that the revenue of the interviewed restaurants and similar establishments rose by 54.7 percent year on year in March. (Macao-Restaurants)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Chinese investment has greatly contributed to socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Cambodia, officials said here on Friday.

Chea Vuthy, deputy secretary-general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, said the Chinese investment accounted for 90.5 percent of the foreign direct investment to Cambodia in 2022, and 73.5 percent in the first four months this year. (Cambodia-China-Investment)

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DHAKA -- Registration is open for a new round of training at Huawei BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) ICT Academy, the Chinese telecommunication giant has announced.

It is part of Huawei's efforts to help develop the ICT ecosystem in the South Asian country. (Bangladesh-Huawei-ICT Training)

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JAKARTA -- Power transmission by overhead catenary system (OCS) along the whole line of Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) was conducted successfully on Thursday.

The OCS power transmission refers to the process of converting the high voltage of local power grids along the HSR into 27.5 kV single-phase power frequency alternating current through railway traction substations, and then transmitting it to the OCS above the HSR line to provide energy for the operation of HSR trains. (Indonesia-HSR-Power Transmission)