Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 1

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Nine policemen have been killed and three others wounded as Taliban militants attacked a local police camp in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan overnight, a provincial source said Saturday.

"The clash erupted as a dozen of armed militants stormed an Afghan Local Police (ALP) base in Bagh-e-Shamal, an area on the outskirts of provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri city Friday night," Bismillah Atash, a provincial council member, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Attack on police)

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PHNOM PENH -- China has achieved "enormous development" in the past 70 years and the progress has benefited the whole world, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong told Xinhua in a recent interview.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Cambodia-China)

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CANBERRA -- The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen northern Australia for its first-ever launch from a privately-owned site.

The U.S. space agency on Friday night announced it will work with the Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) to launch four rockets from the Arnhem Space Center in Northern Territory, 700 km east of Darwin, in 2020. (Australia-NASA)

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COLOMBO -- The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has further amended its travel advisory for Sri Lanka to the primary level of "take safety precautions."

The embassy said on Friday that the Sri Lankan government has launched a large scale crackdown on the extremist forces in the aftermath of the Easter explosions. (Sri Lanka-China-Travel advisory) Enditem

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