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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, June 29

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HANOI — Vietnam recorded a year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.72 percent in the second quarter of 2022, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said Wednesday.

It is the highest second-quarter GDP growth recorded by the country in the past 10 years. The sector of agriculture, forestry and fishery grew by 3.02 percent against the same period last year, while industry and construction grew 8.87 percent, and services up by 8.56 percent, said the office. (Vietnam-GDP-Growth)

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has been facing a tough battle against poliovirus for years with an unwelcoming attitude toward vaccines in rural areas and negative propaganda against health workers engaged in the vaccination campaign. Still, it is terrorism that has affected the polio eradication campaign the most.

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The latest attack happened on Tuesday in which three people including a health worker and two policemen escorting him were gunned down by unknown militants in the country’s northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan. A kid who was receiving polio drops also got injured in the attack. (Pakistan-Polio-Challenge, ROUNDUP)

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HONG KONG — The practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong is critical to the future of its financial sector, said Nicolas Aguzin, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) which has made connecting China and the world a prioritized strategy.

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The practice of “one country, two systems” has created a unique ecosystem whereby Hong Kong has evolved into a vital and valuable super connector between the Chinese mainland and the rest of the world, Aguzin said in an interview with Xinhua. (Hong Kong-HKEX, INTERVIEW, HKSAR 25)

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SYDNEY — A survey report from Australia’s peak retail body, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), has shown that Australia’s labor market is continuing to throw large and small retailers into crisis.

The online survey, conducted in the month of June, included responses from more than 100 retailers representing thousands of small to large businesses nationwide.

The results showed that 61 percent of retail businesses believed labor shortages had gotten worse or much worse in the last three months, with none saying the situation had improved. (Australia-Labor Shortage)

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