Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 9

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HONG KONG — Tam Yiu-chung, a member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, said Friday that improving Hong Kong’s electoral system has foiled the conspiracy of anti-China disruptors to enter the political structure through electoral loopholes and seize the governance of Hong Kong.

Speaking at a seminar, Tam elaborated on the amended Annex I and Annex II to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), including the composition of the Election Committee and the elections of the HKSAR chief executive and the Legislative Council.(Hong Kong-Electoral System)

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JAKARTA — The death toll of tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia has risen to 167, the National Disaster Management Agency said Friday.

The agency’s head Doni Monardo said 165 dead victims were reported in East Nusa Tenggara province and two others were in West Nusa Tenggara province.(Indonesia-Cyclone-Toll)

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ISLAMABAD — The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad confirmed on Friday.

According to a statement released by DRAP on Thursday, the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac has been given emergency use authorization for people aged 18 and above.(Pakistan-China-Vaccine)

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HONG KONG — The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday expressed strong opposition to the harboring of criminals in any form by any country, region, organization or individual.

A government spokesman said any society that upholds the rule of law should not accept anyone being above the law or having the privilege to break the law without facing legal consequences.(Hong Kong-Criminals-Statement)

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TOKYO — The Japanese government may announce as early as Tuesday plans to dispose of radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, sources with knowledge of the matter said Friday.

The sources said the government will convene a meeting of relevant ministers and announce the decision as early as next Tuesday to formalize plans to release radioactive water that has accumulated at the plant into the Pacific Ocean.(Japan-Wastewater-Pacific)

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