DATE=10/13/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN - REACTION (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254955 BYLINE=AMY BICKERS DATELINE=HONG KONG INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Asian governments reacted Wednesday to news of the coup in Pakistan which has toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. As Amy Bickers reports from the V-O-A Asia News Center, countries from Japan to Australia are expressing concern and say they are closely monitoring developments in Islamabad. TEXT: Japan, Pakistan's largest bi-lateral aid donor, said Wednesday that it wished for a peaceful resolution to the military coup in Pakistan. A statement released by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo says Japan hopes the government and the army refrain from violence and solve the crisis through discussion. The statement made no mention of imposing sanctions on Pakistan. Tokyo stopped new loans to Islamabad last year after the country's nuclear tests. China, an important ally to Pakistan as well as a provider of military and nuclear technology, says it is very concerned by the military coup. In a brief statement, Beijing said it is attempting to further comprehend the situation. China's state-run media is reporting the coup without any official commentary. Australia is condemning the coup and calling for democracy to be restored. Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer told parliament he wants to see Pakistan's constitution and rule of law respected. International financial institutions are also closely eyeing events in Pakistan. The Manila-based Asian Development Bank says it is assessing the coup's impact on its operations in Islamabad. The International Monetary Fund has also said it is scrutinizing the situation. Economists say Pakistan could lose billions of dollars in badly-needed foreign loans as a result of the coup. (Signed) NEB/AB/FC/PLM 13-Oct-1999 05:48 AM EDT (13-Oct-1999 0948 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .