Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1030 GMT, Jan. 9

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-09 18:24:34|Editor: ZX
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COLOMBO -- A Sri Lankan bank said on Wednesday that Chinese tourists visiting the island country could pay for their goods and services through the WeChat Pay facility in order to attract more Chinese tourists.

Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, one of Sri Lanka's leading private banks, said the WeChat Pay channel would be made available through a special Point of Sale (POS) device that would be provided to merchants who attract Chinese clients in Sri Lanka. (Sri Lanka-China-WeChat Pay)

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HANOI -- Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province has recently detected three outbreaks of H5N6 bird flu outbreaks which have affected thousands of fowls, the provincial animal health bureau said on Wednesday.

The latest outbreak, spotted on Monday, infected 3,000 chickens raised by a household in Hai Ha district. All the affected chickens have been culled to prevent the disease from spreading. (Vietnam-Bird Flu)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's military on Wednesday launched a new army command, which combines frontline forces of the army, under President Moon Jae-in's military reform plan.

The launching ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Ground Operation Command (GOC) in Yongin, just south of the capital Seoul. (South Korea-Army Command)

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- At least 19 Afghan local police and members of allied pro-government tribal militias were killed after Taliban stormed security checkpoints in northern province of Balkh overnight, a provincial council official said Wednesday.

"Scores of militants stormed two Afghan Local Police (ALP) and allied pro-government tribal militias, known as local uprising groups in Timorak locality of Chahar Bolak district Tuesday night. The clashes caused 19 ALP and local militias killed," Sayyed Abdullah Masror told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Checkpoints-Attack)