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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 2

COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan stocks gained on the first trading day of 2023, with a total turnover of 1.87 billion rupees (5.15 million U.S. dollars) at the end of trading on Monday.

A total of 130,909,391 shares were traded, according to data from the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). (Sri Lanka-Stocks-Gain)

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SYDNEY -- Four people were killed and three others were in critical condition after two helicopters on Monday collided at the Gold Coast in the Australian state of Queensland, authorities have confirmed.

There were also six other people suffering minor injuries mainly from glass shrapnel. (Australia-Helicopter-Crash)

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HANOI -- Vietnam's total goods retail sales and consumer service revenues increased 19.8 percent year on year in 2022 to approximately 5,679.9 trillion Vietnamese dong (240.5 billion U.S. dollars), according to the country's General Statistics Office on Monday.

Specifically, Vietnam's goods retail sales stood at nearly 4,475.9 trillion Vietnamese dong (190 billion U.S. dollars), up 14.4 percent, with the sales of cultural and educational products increasing 22.9 percent, and those of clothing growing 19.1 percent. (Vietnam-Retail Sales-Service Revenue)

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KRATIE -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said here on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has provided a lot of tangible benefits to his country and other participating countries.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a China-funded river bridge, Hun Sen said the BRI has injected vital impetus into Cambodia's socioeconomic development. (Cambodia-China-BRI,ROUNDUP)

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JAKARTA -- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement took effect for Indonesia on Monday, with the country putting new regulations in place for its trade with other members of the world's largest free trade deal in terms of population and the size of economy and trade.

Indonesia's new regulations on origin of goods and issuing documents of origin for goods exported from it have been in place starting from Monday, as part of implementing the RCEP agreement. (Indonesia-RCEP-Taking Effect)