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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 22

PHNOM PENH -- A senior Cambodian diplomat said here on Wednesday that the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) has enhanced mutual trust, understanding, and friendship among the LMC countries over the past seven years.

The LMC countries include China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. (Cambodia-Lancang-Mekong Cooperation)

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BANGKOK -- The progress towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific is lagging and requires doubling the efforts to catch up, said a UN report launched here on Wednesday.

The region has only achieved 14.4 percent of the progress required, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) warned in its latest report, adding that at the current pace, the region will take another 42 years to reach all goals. (Thailand-UN Report-SDGs)

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MANILA -- The Philippines aims to export at least 54,000 tons of "premium" fresh durian fruits to China this year, the Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.

"Stakeholders are now beefing up their production to meet the high demands entailed by the agreement," the department said, referring to a fruit export deal secured by Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos during his visit to China in January. (Philippines-China-Durian Exports)

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KABUL -- At least four people were confirmed dead and 80 more injured as a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Afghanistan on Tuesday night, spokesman of the Public Health Ministry Sharafat Zaman Amar said Wednesday.

"Latest reports that we have collected indicate four dead and 80 others injured," Amar told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Earthquake)