Under the Radar News 8.6.10

Posted on Friday, August 6, 2010 by Alexandra Matthews

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • Malaysia will receive $591 million worth of rail vehicles from China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corp, by 2012. The new vehicles are expected to reduce operating costs by 15 percent annually.

  • Indian Defense Minister, A.K. Anthony, reported that the country's three defense services are short 14,244 officers.

  • Japan plans to launch a study into the possibility of importing uranium from Kazakhstan. Uranium from Kazakhstan currently goes through several countries during the enrichment process before reaching Japan, the world’s third largest nuclear energy producer.

  • The Thai intelligence service reports that more violence is expected in the country’s capital. The news comes as a former soldier is arrested under suspicion of involvement in recent Bangkok bombings.

  • The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group loosely connected to Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • The United States and Vietnam are discussing sharing nuclear fuel and civilian nuclear technology. The move is seen by some as an attempt to counter China’s influence in the South China Sea.

  • The activity of South Korean fighter jets has been restricted as North Korea moves anti-aircraft missiles near the DMZ. The SA-5 missiles have a range of 250 kilometers.

  • During a meeting in Beijing, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi agreed to work together on unspecified cooperation projects of mutual interest. Li praised the two countries’ economic relationship as well as growing “people-to-people” ties.

  • Officials from ASEAN, China, Japan, and Korea met in Beijing to discuss environmental issues. The ASEAN representatives detailed educational initiatives, such as the ASEAN youth forum on sustainable development and eco-school programs, the organization has established.
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