"I was told not to bring anything but personal goods, so I've

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CANBERRA, Nov.2 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed to Canberra the King and Queen of the Netherlands on the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing in Western Australia (WA).

In his welcoming address at Parliament House on Wednesday, Turnbull told King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima that the relationship between Australia and the Netherlands was a long-standing and friendly one.

The association began as long ago as 1616 when Hartog, a 17th-century Dutch sailor and explorer, landed on the WA coast. He was part of the second group of Europeans to land in Australia and the first to leave behind an artifact to record his visit, the Hartog plate.

"Our two countries have such a lot in common," Turnbull told the royal couple on Wednesday. "We both have a strong maritime tradition, both countries dedicated to democracy and the rule of law in the maintenance of the international order upon which all of our prosperity and security depends.

"This visit of course marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in Western Australia -- a reminder of the relationship between Australia and the Netherlands is of very, very long standing.

"Of course, in recent times, our servicemen and women have fought side by side in the Uruzgan province in Afghanistan and we are partners in a global coalition against Daesh (Islamic State)."

Turnbull also said the downing in July 2014 of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, a passenger jet which carried many Dutch and Australian passengers, had brought the two countries "closer together than ever".

"We want to reiterate our firm commitment with you, to ensuring that justice is done and those responsible for that act of terrorism, that act of murder are brought to account and will see the punishment they deserve," Turnbull said.

In response, King Willem-Alexander thanked the Australia government for its hospitality in welcoming the Dutch delegation on their state visit.

"Dirk Hartog stayed for two days but a couple of hundred thousand of the Dutch since then have stayed for much longer, making Australia their home, finding their new life in this country," he said.

"I think, as a historian, I attach great value to commemorate the historical moments but they are only worthwhile if we also have a common future otherwise it is not worth it celebrating the past.

"We can talk about these topics here today and we can have a good discussion and work on our future, the next 400 years of Australia and the Netherlands," he said.

TIANJIN Emre Mor Jersey , Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Guangdong's Liang Huixian claimed the gold medal in the women's individual sabre with a 15-9 victory over Shen Chen of PLA at the Chinese National Games here on Wednesday.

Liang's victory gave Guangdong its first-ever gold in women's sabre at the National Games. The 25-year-old built an 8-2 lead and never relinquished to win the final. Jiangsu's Yang Hengyu edged Chen Xiaodong of Shanghai 15-13 in the bronze medal match.

"I want to say to myself, you are awesome!" Liang said, "I did some homework on her skill and strategy, that's why I can put the match in my way from beginning to end."

"I think maybe I want this title too much. It put a lot of pressure upon myself and I lost my rhythm at the beginning of the match," said Chen, who participated at the Rio Olympics but failed to pass through the first round.

In men's epee, Shanghai pocketed its first gold after Zhang Chengjie beat defending champion Ma Quan of Liaoning 15-9. Fang Kaishen from Hong Kong took the bronze with a 15-13 win over Fujian's Lin Zongyi.

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South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

It is the latest in an escalating standoff over North Korea's recent rocket launch that Seoul, Washington and their allies view as a banned test of missile technology. The North says its actions on the Kaesong complex were a response to Seoul's earlier decision to suspend operations as punishment for the launch.

On Thursday night, the 280 South Korean workers who had been at the park crossed the border into South Korea, several hours after a deadline set by the North passed. Their departure quashed concerns that some might be held hostage, and lowered the chances that the standoff might lead to violence or miscalculations.

But they weren't allowed to bring back any finished products and equipment at their factories because the North announced it will freeze all South Korean assets there.

The North also said it was closing an inter-Korean highway linking to Kaesong and shutting down two cross-border communication hotlines.

"I was told not to bring anything but personal goods, so I've got nothing but my clothes to take back," a manager at a South Korean apparel company at the complex, who declined to give his name, told The Associated Press by phone before he crossed to the South.

Chang Beom Kang, who has been running an apparel company in Kaesong since 2009, said from South Korea that his company has about 920 North Korean workers — who didn't show up Thursday — and seven South Korean managers at Kaesong.


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