Under the Radar News - 12.03.10

Posted on Friday, December 3, 2010 by Tiffany Ma

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

China and Pakistan agree to launch a new US$13 billion Five-Year Development Plan to further bolster economic cooperation between the two countries. Projects involve the development of infrastructure, energy, agriculture, fisheries, and communication.

Suspicion over China’s allegiance on the inter-Korean conflict and its ambivalent attitude erodes South Korean trust in its largest business partner.

The missile destroyer U.S.S. Mustin arrived in Cambodia on a goodwill visit, the naval crews of both countries will conduct community service projects.

The U.S. seeks support for retaining the U.S.-operated Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan to support U.S. military operations in Afghanistan; Secretary of State Clinton also offered a fuel deal as an incentive.

In an effort to streamline their armed forces, Taiwan's military will trim over one hundred generals by 2015.

China considers a sale of advanced fighters, air defense systems, helicopters, tanks, and mobile artillery to Bangladesh.

Japan will engage in a large-scale military exercise with the U.S. amidst rising tensions between Tokyo and Beijing over the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands. Ships from the U.S. Seventh Fleet and the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. George Washington will take part in the exercise.

A Senior PRC official argues in favor of protecting the intellectual property rights of Chinese copycat manufacturers.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates approved a list of essential counterinsurgency skills to be incorporated into training for troops headed to Afghanistan.

The son of jailed former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian wins a local city council election despite charges of family corruption and scandal.

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