Under the Radar

Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 by Tiffany Chen

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Malaysia is expected to become the only net exporter of oil in Asia Pacific by 2014 despite decline in its proven oil reserves.

  • China plans to invest 700 billion yuan on 4,600km of high-speed railways this year. China also plans to build another 10,000km railways across the country, especially in western China.

  • Seoul is considering deploying Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile batteries on land but not on warships. If approved, This move may create tensions with China and North Korea.

  • Pakistan has signed amemorandum of understanding (MOU) for bilateral cooperation with Australia. The MOU calls for interaction between the armed forces of both countries and doubles the Australian training commitments for the Pakistani military.

  • Japan meets fierce competition in the rare metal market as it pursues “resource diplomacy” in purchasing large amount of lithium from Bolivia.

  • Japan’s new Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be celebrating Japan Day during his first overseas trip to China, symbolically underscoring the importance of bilateral relations.

  • Planned cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea to start a joint project on jet fighter production is underway. The project is an opportunity for Indonesia to revitalize and develop its defense industry.

  • Google has raised concerns over Vietnam’s new internet regulations that allows the government to block access to websites and track user activity.

  • China plans to step up efforts to tap offshore wind energy to meet demand from the country’s eastern coast, and wants at least 15 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 as it seeks to reduce reliance on coal and oil.
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