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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 12

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Wednesday that China's optimization of its pandemic control policies will give new momentum to tourism growth in Cambodia and the rest of the world.

"On behalf of the government and the Ministry of Tourism, I would like to welcome the return of Chinese tourists to Cambodia," he told Xinhua. (Cambodia-China-Tourism)

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BANGKOK -- As the major economic powerhouse in Asia, China's optimized COVID-19 strategy would foster its cooperation and exchanges with Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, creating fresh economic opportunities in the region, said Pinij Jarusombat, Thailand's former deputy prime minister.

"As a Thai, I am very happy to hear the news," said Pinij when commenting on China's optimization of the COVID-19 response and the resumption of cross-border travel. (Thailand-China-Cooperation)

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DHAKA -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday put forward six proposals before the Group of 20 (G20) nations, saying these are needed to be addressed collectively for a sustained global economic growth and development of the "Global South."

"Taking current global economy amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic into account, it is high time to work collectively for a just and fair economic order," the prime minister said. (Bangladesh-Global Economy-Cooperation)

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MACAO -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Thursday vowed to open up new prospects of the "one country, two systems" practice with Macao characteristics in the new year.

Zheng Xincong, director of the office, said at a reception welcoming the Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year which falls on Jan. 22 this year, that the office will continue putting in place the principle of "patriots administering Macao" and promoting the long-term peace and prosperity of Macao. (Macao-New Year Reception)

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HANOI -- Vietnamese local authorities are working closely with their Chinese counterparts to implement cooperation activities in the interests of both sides after China's optimization of COVID-19 response policies on Jan. 8, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

Vietnamese nationals who wish to travel to other countries, including China, should follow the updates on visa policies, immigration and COVID-19 regulations of the countries, deputy spokesperson for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang told a press briefing. (Vietnam-China-Entry)