Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Aug. 16

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HONG KONG -- Five people had been arrested on suspicion of desecrating the national flag, the Hong Kong Police Force told Xinhua on Friday.

The five, four males and one female aged between 20 and 22, were arrested on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in Mong Kok, Ma On Shan, Sham Shui Po, Ngau Tau Kok and Wong Tai Sin respectively. (Hong Kong-Police)

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HONG KONG -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has criticized certain foreign media's irresponsible comments on the situation in Hong Kong as "full of ignorance, prejudice and arrogance."

In a statement published on its website late Thursday, the commissioner's office said its spokesperson lodged stern representations with the Wall Street Journal immediately after the newspaper published an editorial on Thursday, expressing strong disapproval and firm opposition.(Hong Kong-Commissioner's office)

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SEOUL -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday fired two unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The projectiles were launched at 8:01 a.m. and 8:16 a.m. local time each from the DPRK's eastern coastal county of Tongchon into the East Sea.(South Korea-DPRK-Projectiles)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to maintain the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences for Cambodia, according to its statement released to the media on Thursday.

The EU started in February the 18-month process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's duty-free trading access to the EU market under the EBA scheme due to concerns over human rights and labor rights.(Cambodia-Garment industry) Enditem

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