Under the Radar News 4.9.10

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010 by Matthew Hallex

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Malaysia has enacted a law to crack down on the shipment of equipment and materials that could be used for the production of weapons of mass destruction. The A.Q. Khan network purchased centrifuge components for the enrichment of uranium.

  • The People’s Liberation Army and the Ministry of Education will launch China’s first online military recruitment website. The website is designed to recruit college graduates as part of the effort to modernize the PLA.

  • South Korea has launched a public diplomacy campaign in the United States to promote its claims over Dokdo Island. Sovereignty over Dokdo is disputed between Japan, who refers to the island as Takeshima, and South Korea.

  • Indonesia is planning on adding illegal logging to its efforts to crack down on organized crime. The jungles of Indonesia face one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.

  • Taiwan has announced plans to send pair of indigenous goats and a pair of spotted deer to the mainland in an effort to improve cross-Strait ties. China gifted a pair of pandas to Taiwan in 2008.

  • The 22nd International Medical Instruments and Equipment Exhibition featured the new generation of PLA medical equipment. The modernization of medical equipment improves the capability of the PLA to deploy in support of a wide variety of missions.
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