Malaysia is expected to build the country’s first nuclear power plant by 2021 to alleviate growing energy demand and diversify energy sources.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen will not allow the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal to prosecute former low-ranking officers of the genocidal regime, citing concerns over endangering national peace. Critics accuse the Prime Minister of trying to prevent his political allies from being indicted.
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently released a report on national competitiveness. CASS forecasts that China will rise to second place (from 27th place in 2010) in global ranking of national competitiveness by 2050.
Transparency International released its Corruptions Perceptions Index, which indicated nearly three quarters of the 178 countries surveyed scored below five, on a scale from 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt). Corruption rankings in Asia run the gamut from very clean (e.g., Singapore, Japan) to highly corrupt (e.g., Central Asian countries, Vietnam).
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