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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 22

KABUL -- At least one person was injured as a blast rocked the Police District 15 of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran confirmed.

"One person sustained injury due to a blast that happened next to the Esteqlal Hotel today," Zadran said on his Twitter account. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Japan on Sunday, as about 750 protesters took to the streets here against the planned U.S.-Japan summit and the summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad).

A series of meetings are scheduled during Biden's three-day visit to Japan, following his trip to South Korea, including the summit of the Quad group involving Japan, Australia and India, during which the United States is expected to hustle the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). (Japan-U.S.-Biden Visit)

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SEOUL -- South Korean civic and student activists have held rallies against U.S. President Joe Biden throughout his three-day trip in the Asian country to clamor for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

A group of students from the Korean University Progressive Union on Sunday held an anti-Biden rally near the U.S. military base in Seoul's central district of Yongsan, where Biden reportedly planned to meet staff members from the U.S. embassy in Seoul. (S. Korea-Biden-Protests)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit called for enhanced efforts from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to respond to future crises and achieve better and more inclusive economic growth in the region.

While addressing the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting on Saturday and Sunday, Jurin said "I strongly hope that the outcome of this meeting will include a strong policy stance regarding the recovery of the regional economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, from where we should emerge stronger than ever in order to cope with future crises." (Thailand-APEC- Meeting)