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.
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