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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 20

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Southern parts of Japan's Okinawa island prefecture were affected by a strong quake that hit off China's Taiwan Monday morning.

The quake was measured at 6.4 magnitude by the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter was located off the east coast of Hualien in China's Taiwan. (Japan-China-Quake)


SEOUL -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is still in deadlock on the issue for wage hike of DPRK workers in the joint industrial complex in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.

Unification Ministry spokesman Lim Byeong-cheol told a press briefing on Monday that there is no change in the government's stance that South Korean companies running factories in Kaesong should pay monthly wages at the current level, reiterating that the DPRK made a unilateral decision to raise wages in violation of the inter-Korean agreement. (South Korea-DPRK-Kaesong Wage Hike)


JAKARTA -- The Asian-African ministerial meeting opened here Monday and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the Bandung Message, better known as the Bandung Spirit, remains a commitment to the political solidarity in the world.

Ministers of Asian and African countries held a meeting here in preparation for the Asian-African Summit 2015, which runs from April 22 to April 23 and the Commemoration of the 60th Asian- African Conference scheduled for April 24. (Indonesia-Asia-Africa Ministerial Meeting)


WELLINGTON -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key hailed the close ties with Australia Monday as he and Australian counterpart Tony Abbott attended the dedication of a memorial to mark the centenary of the two countries' involvement in an ill-fated First World War campaign.

In his second official visit to New Zealand in two months, Abbott joined Key in a ceremony to dedicate the Australian Memorial at the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. (New Zealand-Australia-Ties) Endi