Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 3

MANILA -- The Philippines has recorded an over 40 percent rise in the number of international travelers after the Southeast Asian country reopened its borders on Feb. 10, the Bureau of Immigration said on Thursday. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 211,899 travelers arrived in February, up from 150,740 in January. "The bureau has been processing international passenger arrivals at the country

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 3

MANILA -- The Philippines has recorded an over 40 percent rise in the number of international travelers after the Southeast Asian country reopened its borders on Feb. 10, the Bureau of Immigration said on Thursday.

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 211,899 travelers arrived in February, up from 150,740 in January. "The bureau has been processing international passenger arrivals at the country's ports at a record rate," Morente said. (Philippines-International Travelers)

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NEW DELHI -- Delegations of India and Pakistan discussed issues under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) during a meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC), said the Indian Foreign Ministry.

The three-day meeting, which concluded on Thursday, was held in Pakistan's Islamabad, during which "technical discussions were held regarding on-going projects including Pakal Dul, Kiru and Lower Kalnai," according to a statement issued by the ministry. (India-Pakistan-Water Treaty)

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TOKYO -- Japan will further relax its COVID-19 border controls from March 14, increasing the daily cap on overseas entrants to 7,000 from the current 5,000, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday.

Kishida revealed a new scheme at a press conference to give entry priority to foreign students, as business travel demand is not high. (Japan-COVID-19-Border Controls)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand, the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2022, said Thursday that the annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting will be held on Nov. 18-19 in Bangkok.

A series of meetings from Nov. 14, including the Concluding APEC Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) and APEC ministerial meeting, will precede the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, according to Thani Thongphakdi, permanent secretary for foreign affairs of Thailand and APEC 2022 SOM chair. (Thailand-APEC-Schedule)