Under the Radar News 11.24.10

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by Amy Chang

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • South Korea deploys more artillery on the border island hit by North Korean shelling attack, and the U.S. will send U.S.S. George Washington aircraft carrier to South Korea for military exercises, signaling an increased American presence in the region to ensure stability.

  • As Vietnam’s inflation soars, its prime minister admitting to government failures, including the bankruptcy of the state-run shipping company Vinashin.

  • The U.S. seeks to expand security cooperation with Central Asian states, but challenges—human rights issues, foreign access to local markets, and terrorism—remain.

  • Russia considers selling its newest fighter jet, the SU-35, to China. The sale would signify another step in China’s broad and deep effort to modernize its military.

  • India is preparing two army divisions of more than 36,000 troops for deployment along a disputed northern border with China near Tibet. The divisions are to defend against a possible Chinese attack on India's state of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • China invests in Southeast Asian infrastructure, including high-speed rail lines with Thailand and Malaysia, development of roads, bridges, dams, and railway links in Cambodia, and projects in energy and architecture in Indonesia.

  • South Korean and Japanese defense chiefs to discuss military strategies and security cooperation.

  • Due to the lower cost of living, Taiwan’s standard of living has surpassed that of Japan’s.

  • Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab AB seals a US$320 million deal to deliver six more Gripen fighter jets to Thailand.

  • In addition to sending troops to Yonaguni in response to spats with the Chinese navy, Japan also considers expanding maritime presence at the islands of Miyako and Ishigaki.

  • China and Angola further strategic partnership with pledges of economic and trade cooperation as well as cultural and educational exchanges.

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