Live news: Macron talks ‘very political’, says UK Labour leader

New Zealand: Prime minister Chris Hipkins squares off against opposition leader Christopher Luxon in the first of three televised debates ahead of a general election on October 14. The ruling Labour Party is sliding in opinion polls.

Taiwan: Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou needs to collect about 290,000 voter signatures between today and November 2 to qualify as an independent candidate in Taiwan’s presidential election.

Culture: Chengdu hosts the inaugural Golden Panda Awards for “outstanding entries from around the globe, including works in film, TV drama, documentary and animation”.

Corporate news: XPeng, the Chinese electric-car maker, unveils a new G9 sport utility vehicle. Top Glove, the Malaysian medical equipment manufacturer, releases fourth-quarter earnings.

Markets: Indian stock exchanges are closed for Ganesh Chaturhi, a national holiday.

Economic data: The Reserve Bank of Australia publishes its latest meeting minutes, while Hong Kong issues August unemployment figures.

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