Under the Radar News, 11.6.09

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2009 by Kolby Hanson

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia.

Major Chinese official publically supports Japan’s call for an East-Asian community similar to the EU, calls it a “long-term goal”. Xinhua

South Korea ratifies free trade agreement with India. Korea Times

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will unveil a new plan for China-Africa cooperation this weekend at the Sino-Africa Summit in Egypt. Xinhua

Japan will increase its aid to Afghanistan to nearly 500 billion yen (US $5.5 billion) in FY 2010. Yomiuri Shimbun

China cracks down on human trafficking rings, busting nearly 1,000 rings in 7 months. Criminal Investigation Minister Yang Dong partly blames abductions on rural parents’ lack of vigilance. Xinhua

Maoists of the Communist Party of India are suspected of killing World Hindu Council (VHP) leader Laxamananda Saraswati to gain support of local Christians. Times of India

Indonesia’s new president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, sets an ambitious agenda for first 100 days, including significant action on eradicating mafia action and revitalizing strategic industries like energy-production. Antara

Thai PM Abhisit says he will oppose any sort of regional autonomy for Thailand’s beleaguered southern regions. Bangkok Post

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