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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.
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.
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