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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 16

JAKARTA -- A comprehensive trial operation of Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) in Indonesia has been successful after a train finished its run on the railway's trial section from Tegalluar station to Casting Yard No. 4 on Wednesday.

With the train's trail run, assessments have been done for the railway's subgrade, track, and systems of communication, signal, traction power supply, among others, according to railway operators. (Indonesia-China-High-Speed Railway-Trial Operation)

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BANGKOK -- Senior officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) wrapped up a two-day meeting here Wednesday with a focus on common interests and aspirations to advance cooperation for the prosperity of all.

During the Concluding APEC Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM), senior officials discussed issues under APEC 2022's theme "Open, Connect, Balance," with highlights including the latest status of the draft of Bangkok Goals on the bio-circular-green (BCG) economy and the multi-year work plan on the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), Thani Thongphakdi, APEC 2022 SOM chair, told a press conference. (Thailand-APEC-SOM)

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BANGKOK -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies should further enhance cooperation, promote free trade and connectivity, and support a sustainable recovery in the region and beyond, said 2022 APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Chairman Kriengkrai Thiennukul.

APEC economies should avoid political interference, and stay committed to openness, inclusiveness, free trade and connectivity, Kriengkrai said during an exclusive interview with Xinhua before the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Thailand-China-APEC)

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SEOUL -- Almost half of South Koreans said that they do not necessarily get married for economic reasons, statistical office data showed Wednesday.

According to Statistics Korea, 46.8 percent of South Korean people responded that they do not necessarily or should not get married as of 2022. It was higher than 45.8 percent tallied two years earlier.

Among the unmarried people, 55.7 percent of men and 72.6 percent of women expressed negative views about tying the knot. (South Korea-Marriage-Data)