Under the Radar News 5.1.10

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 by Evelyn Kusnawirianto

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • China’s Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd has started the construction of two major repair docks that would be part of the largest ship repair base when finished. The total industrial output value is expected to rise 41 percent when the two new docks enter into operation.

  • Japan plans to carry on full-scale exploration for seabed resources including rare metals at its Exclusive Economic Zone. China, Taiwan and Japan all claim sovereignty over waters around the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands.

  • Taiwan has held the biggest military maneuvers in over a year on Thursday, deploying more than 6500 Taiwanese soldiers assisted by F-16 fighter sets and Super Cobra attack helicopters.

  • South Korea has announced completion of the world’s longest seawall. The 33.9 kilometre seawall will be used to create a new city focused on logistics, industry, tourism, leisure and floriculture.

  • Japan is seeking information and pricing about foreign engines to be used by the prototype aircraft needed for its fifth generation fighter program. Japan will develop its own fifth-generation fighter because the US government had banned the export of F-22s to Japan.

  • The Singapore Police Force has unveiled a masterplan to strengthen its coastal defense system. Sea barges, faster and more agile patrol boats, and better fences will be used to improve Singapore’s command and surveillance capabilities at sea.

  • Armed forces of Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom are taking part in a regional defense exercise through the Five Power Defense Arrangement (FPDA). The exercise is held in various locations in the Malaysian peninsula and the South China Sea.

  • China has agreed to build two new civilian 650-megawatt nuclear reactors in Pakistan. At the nuclear summit in Washington earlier in April, China has pledged its opposition to atomic weapons proliferation while supporting civilian uses.
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