Under the Radar News 10.15.10

Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 by Amy Chang

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • The U.S. may lift the Chinese arms embargo on the sale of C-130 cargo aircrafts to China. A waive on the ban would signal the first time since 1989 that the U.S. has exported arms to China and a resumption of military exchanges since the planned U.S. arms sale to Taiwan earlier this year. China welcomes the lift.

  • Fifteen countries participated in the South Korea-led anti-proliferation drill, “Eastern Endeavor 10.” The drill included maritime interdiction exercises off the shores of Busan and a seminar on countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

  • Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed that it is developing an unmanned surveillance aircraft. While the media reported that the army plans to deploy it, no specific date was given.

  • The U.S. and South Korea commenced an 8-day air defense exercise involving 50 fighter jets and 250 pilots that enhances interoperability and focuses on deterring potential air strikes from North Korea.

  • Undeterred by elections in Burma, Thailand’s largest construction company pushes forward on a US$13 billion deal to build a deep-sea port in western Burma to facilitate access to westward markets.

  • South Korea experienced another cyber breach as hackers stole defense and foreign affairs documents by using bogus e-mails from South Korean officials. The attack has been traced to China.

  • India plans to spend $2.3 trillion by 2030 to improve its energy sector, focusing on energy efficiency policies and the use of clean technology. Sustainability, however, remains an issue among skeptics.

  • The Sri Lankan government has released 500 former Tamil Tiger rebels after rehabilitation and vocational training.

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization voices its opposition to the “politicization” of the Nobel Peace Prize by using it as a weapon to “interfere in other country’s internal affairs.”

  • Vietnam will receive India’s assistance in establishing its peacekeeping forces, the countries will cooperate on training and some information sharing.

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