Under the Radar News 7.23.10

Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 by Steve Gummo

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Filipino soldiers were deployed in Manila Thursday in an effort to protect pipelines and prevent rioting over water shortages. The shortages have left some 1,120,000 Filipinos without water.

  • In response to international pressure, Thailand repealed their nationwide “state of emergency” decree in approximately 1/5th of the country. 60 of the 75 remaining provinces continue to be in a state of martial law due to the presence of anti-government protesters.

  • The USS George Washington, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, has been deployed to the Korea Strait to participate in a joint military exercise designed to showcase US support for the Republic of Korea. Japanese Self-Defense Forces are reportedly observing the exercises.

  • The United States announced further sanctions against North Korea, specifically targeting their ability to purchase and/or acquire materials for nuclear weapon production.

  • The General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army recently called for the PLA to increase funding for disease prevention and control programs. The PLA recently announced a three-tier system for combating infectious diseases.

  • The US and Japan abandoned the previously set August deadline to find a location for construction of a facility designed to replace the Futenma US Marine Corps Air Station. Local Okinawan opposition has been cited as a primary factor in stalling the bilateral negotiations.

  • Relations between the United States and Indonesian Special Forces have resumed after a ten year freeze. The US initially broke ties after alleging human rights abuses on behalf of the ISF.

  • A meeting between the Japanese Foreign Minister and his Chinese counterpart has resulted in an agreement to proceed with negotiations concerning the building of a joint gas field in the East China Sea, according to Japanese officials.
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