Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 16
BANGKOK -- The ruling Thai military on Monday dismissed rumors that they are currently cracking down on Indochinese migrant workers who may have been employed in Thailand, many of whom have already returned home.
Assistant army chief Gen Sirichai Dithakul, who concurrently heads a Coordinating Subcommittee on Foreign Workers Administration, said the National Council for Peace and Order, the official name of the military junta who staged the May 22 coup, had had no policy to drive back alien workers, especially those who had come from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, but was merely working on measures to keep them under control and abiding by the law. (Thailand-Military-Migrant Worker)
PHNOM PENH -- More than 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers have been either deported from or fled Thailand since early this month in the wake of a junta-led clampdown on illegal migrant laborers, Major General Pich Vanna, chief of Cambodia-Thailand Border Relation Affairs Office, said Monday.
"As of Monday evening, more than 200,000 Cambodian workers have been repatriated from Thailand," he told Xinhua over telephone, adding that the figures were collected from all seven border checkpoints along the Cambodia-Thailand border. (Cambodia-Thailand- Migrant Worker)
SEOUL -- Information officials of China and South Korea on Monday called for further enhancing exchange and cooperation in the two countries' media sector.
Chinese Minister for Information Office of the State Council Cai Mingzhao and South Korea's Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong on Monday made the remarks separately when delivering speeches at the 6th China-South Korea Media High-level Dialogue held in Seoul. (S. Korea-China-Media)
ISLAMABAD -- A roadside bomb attack killed at least six Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan tribal region on Monday, the military said.
Three other soldiers were injured in the blast triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device at Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan, where the security forces have launched a major operation against the local Taliban and foreign militants, an army statement said. (Pakistan-Attack)