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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 14

SEOUL -- Japan's unilateral push to discharge radioactive wastewater from its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean is irresponsible and harmful, as the Japanese government pursued it without consultations with neighboring countries, a South Korean green activist said.

"It is very concerned that Japan is still unilaterally pushing for the discharge of the Fukushima contaminated water," Ahn Jae-hun, energy and climate change director at the Korea Federation for Environment Movement, told Xinhua on Saturday. (S.Korea-Japan-Radioactive Wastewater Dumping)

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MANILA -- Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos has ordered government agencies to step up the fight against "rampant smuggling" in the country, the presidential communications office (PCO) said Saturday.

In a statement, the PCO said Marcos wants reform in the bureaucracy to curb smuggling, lower logistics costs and ensure ease of doing business as his administration works to prop up investments and business activity in the country. (Philippines-Anti-smuggling)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Saturday highlighted Cambodia-China close ties, saying that such relations had provided great tangible benefits to the kingdom's development.

During an annual gathering with journalists in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said the bilateral ties are solid as this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and China. (Cambodia-China-PM)

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ISLAMABAD -- Three policemen were killed in firing by terrorists in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.

The killed including a deputy superintendent police (DSP) went to the Sarband police station of the city to retaliate against an attack by the terrorists, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) of Operations Kashif, Aftab Abbasi told media. (Pakistan-Terrorist Attack)