Under the Radar 07.30.10

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2010 by Tiffany Chen

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Two Chinese naval warships arrived in Egypt, kicking off a five-day visit to improve military exchange and cooperation between the PLAN and the navies of surrounding the Somali waters.

  • The Japanese Ministry of Defense has unofficially decided to postpone a budget request for fiscal 2011 to procure 50 next-generation F-35 fighter jets due to existing uncertainty over their production schedule. Some defense experts fear the delay may set back Japan’s air-defense capability.

  • The first high-level dialogue between the Communist Party of China, the Democratic Party and Republican Party is scheduled to take place in the United States by the end of this year. This is part of China’s efforts to “make friends all around the world.”

  • China is stepping up development strategy and the improvement of electricity infrastructure in its western regions. The project seeks to ameliorate the serious electricity shortage problem in Tibet and provide strong energy security for the region.

  • Despite warnings from the Israeli representative in Taipei, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not rule out commercial activity with Iran that benefits the island’s businessespeople.

  • Japan has reached a basic agreement with Jordan on a nuclear cooperation accord to allow sales of nuclear power plants and related technology.

  • The North Korean foreign minister is in Myanmar for talks with the junta amid western concerns over possible covert cooperation between the two states.

  • Thailand’s army is prepared to defend its border with Cambodia if the ongoing territorial dispute over the Praeah Vihear temple heats up.

  • The World Bank will grant Indonesia $600 million to build a hydro-power plant with a capacity of 1,024 megawatt. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2014.

  • Japan is seeking to leverage its energy efficiency know-how and technology to energy-hungry nations across Asia. It will send engineers to 10 locations in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore to assess and give energy-efficient solutions to industries in need.

  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino launched his first executive order, creating a truth commission to investigate possible corruption by the former administration.

  • India and Vietnam agreed to strengthen defense cooperation, particularly in personnel training and dialogue on strategic affairs.

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