Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010
by Prashanth Parameswaran
A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia
Myanmar’s ruling junta will boost the salaries of low-paid government employees starting Jan. 31 in a bid to placate civil servants ahead of this year’s critical general elections.
Thousands of Indonesian workers rallied in Bandung demanding the postponement of ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement implementation because it could trigger 40,000 layoffs in just three months.
Apple is reportedly blocking iPhone users in China from downloading applications about the Dalai Lama and exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.
Taiwan passed a refugee draft bill, finally creating a legal basis for the government to handle refugees and asylum-seekers.
The Eurasia Group, a global political risk consulting firm, found that South Korea is the most politically stable nation among a group of 24 emerging economies.
A top Chinese naval official proposed setting up a permanent base to support ships on anti-piracy missions, raising the possibility that China could build foreign bases elsewhere.
An increasing number of North Korean refugees are fleeing to northern Thailand to escape poverty and oppression.
Visiting Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh agreed to a joint statement on greater cooperation in maritime security, which includes joint training exercises and cooperative measures to deal with natural disasters.
A liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreement between China and Australia expired, mainly because the Australian company, Woodside, failed to supply gas as scheduled.
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