Under the Radar News 01.14.11

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 by Amy Chang

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • China may depart from its declared stand of a “no-first-use” policy. The Chinese military will consider launching a preemptive nuclear strike if the country finds itself faced with a critical situation in a war with another nuclear state.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Clinton urges China to vigorously implement sanctions on North Korea, as a response to North's nuclear and missile tests over the past few years.

  • Burma intends to privatize 90% of state-owned enterprises by the end of 2011. China has emerged as the main buyer for Burma's exports of gas, gems and other natural resources in recent years.

  • China's Qingdao Port has signed an agreement with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to build and operate a wharf on Burma's western coastline from which China will send its crude oil brought from Africa and the Middle East via an inland pipeline to Yunnan Province.

  • Malaysia investigates nuclear energy options to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

  • India plans to reduce its security forces by 25% in Kashmir to ease conditions for people in one of the world's most militarized areas.

  • A 130-year-long territorial dispute between China and Tajikistan settled, China to increase land mass by 1,000 sq km.

  • China is scheduled to have a deep space monitoring network in 2016 to support the country's future space missions. The network will consist of two monitoring stations in China, in Kashgar and Jiamusi, and one in South America.

  • China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter. Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily has reported that Shaanxi acting provincial governor Zhao Zhengyong said China has "succeeded in the test flight of a prototype aircraft that can fly through the atmospheric layer."

  • Sri Lanka president offers to share power with minority Tamils. President Mahinda Rajapakse was open to devolving power to address the long-standing grievances of ethnic Tamils.

  • Five major telecom operators from Taiwan and China signed a contract Thursday to build the first undersea cable directly linking the island and the mainland to meet mounting demand.

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