Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 7

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PHNOM PENH -- China's optimization of its anti-COVID-19 strategy and resumption of its outbound group tours earlier this year have revived the tourism industry in countries around the world, Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan has said.

In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, Siphan said with the population of more than 1.4 billion, China is the most important outbound tourism market for the world. (Cambodia-China-Tourism, INTERVIEW)

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NEW DELHI -- India has received 6.19 million foreign tourists last year, as compared to 1.52 million in 2021, the Tourism Ministry said on Friday.

Citing data from the Bureau of Immigration, the Tourism Ministry said it was a sign of revival after the COVID-19 pandemic, before which there were 10.93 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019 in the South Asian country. (India-Tourism)

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COLOMBO -- At least 16 were injured when a train derailed near a railway station in Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka on Friday afternoon, police said.

Nine women, five men and two boys were injured and have been admitted to a nearby hospital, according to police. (Sri Lanka-Railway)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved development projects costing billions of rupees, the country's Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

The ECNEC approved land acquisition and compensation for a section of a highway in eastern Punjab province, and a dualization and rehabilitation for a portion of a highway connecting Punjab and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, at a cost of about 11.4 billion rupees (about 39.6 million U.S. dollars), the ministry said in a statement. (Pakistan-Economy-Project)

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PURSAT, Cambodia -- Officials and conservationists in Cambodia on Friday called on people to stop trading and consuming bushmeat, saying that these activities are jeopardizing the kingdom's wildlife and biodiversity.

Ministry of Environment's Secretary of State Neth Pheaktra said more active participation from all stakeholders in strengthening the law is needed, encouraging local actors and communities to conserve wildlife for ecotourism development. (Cambodia-Zero Snaring) Enditem

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