Under the radar News 4.2.10

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010 by Evelyn Kusnawirianto

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has paid an official two-day visit to Bahrain this week to strengthen ties in economics, trade and investment with Saudi Arabia. They discussed ensuring reliable food supply chain to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and combating separatist insurgency in its largely Muslim southern provinces.

  • The Kayin People’s Party (KPP) has registered to participate in the upcoming Burmese election, representing the ethnic minority group, Karen, in Burma. So far, the National League for Democracy has not changed its decision to withdraw from the election.

  • In an effort to stabilize the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Beijing has stepped up its work to improve economic and social condition of the region. Officials have been sent to Xinjiang to inspect social conditions and collect suggestions to improve livelihood and to promote ethnic equality and unity since late last year.

  • The Unified Communist Party Nepal (Maoist) has strengthened talks with political parties in Nepal in an attempt to overthrow the current coalition government. Nepal has so far been unable to achieve a peace process and constitution writing.

  • The Korean government has condemned Japan for passing five fifth-grade textbooks indicating Dokdo as Japanese territory. The dispute came at a time when the Democratic Party of Japan has expressed desires for better Japan-Korea relations.

  • Two hydropower dam projects, which are both invested by Chinese companies, broke ground in Cambodia this week. The projects are expected to lower power costs in Cambodia and reduce energy dependence on Thailand.

  • The United Nations will raise $374 million in the coming five years for cooperation projects with China in the areas of sustainable development, improving poor people’s lives, and international cooperation. The assistance and bilateral cooperation is much needed because there are still millions of people in China who live under one dollar a day.
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