Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 10

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HONG KONG -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Monday urged the United States to stop disseminating false remarks over the HKSAR government's proposal to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance.

"We deplore and firmly oppose the U.S. disregard of international law and the basic norms governing international relations and its interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's domestic affairs," a spokesperson of the commissioner's office said in response to recent remarks by a spokesperson of the U.S. State Department over the law amendments. (HK-U.S.-Fugitive Offenders Ordinance)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand will withdraw its troop from Iraq and reduce military deployment in Afghanistan, announced New Zealand government on Monday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand will conclude its non-combat Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji Military Complex in Iraq in June 2020, when full responsibility for basic training will be handed over to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). (NZ-Afghanistan-Iraq)

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SEOUL -- The South Korean navy on Monday received an upgraded 1,200-ton submarine with the state-of-the-art combat system and the improved target-detection capability, the arms procurement agency said.

The ceremony was held on the country's southern island of Geoje, where the shipyard of a local shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering stands, to deliver the retrofitted Chang Bogo-I class, Type 209 attack submarine to the navy, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). (S.Korea-Navy-Submarine)

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TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan -- At least 14 militants have been killed and three others sustained injuries as fighting aircraft pounded Taliban hideouts in parts of Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province over the past 24 hours, according to an army statement released here Monday.

The statement said the sorties targeted Taliban hideouts in Charchino district and Qala-e-Naw area outside provincial capital Tirin Kot over the past 24 hours, leaving 14 insurgents dead and wounding three others. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Kill)

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VIENTIANE -- The "Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism," an important event of the 2019 Visit Laos-China Year, was held at the National Cultural Hall in Lao capital Vientiane on Sunday.

The event was attended by nearly 1,200 guests, including officials from both China and Laos. (Laos-China-Culture) Enditem

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