Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011
by Ian Easton
A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia
The Japanese government agreed to a U.S.-proposed dual runway, part of a plan to move the Marine Corps Air Station on Okinawa to Henoko and away from the more heavily urbanized Futenma. This move comes amidst rising tensions between Japan and China.
China began shipping from a leased port facility in North Korea that gives it an access point into the sea of Japan. The shipload of coal leaving Hunchun, North Korea for Shanghai, was the first PRC shipment to utilize the port facility.
China brought 11 rare earth mines under state control in a move seen as further consolidating its control over 95% of the world's supply of these strategic resources. The immediate effect of the move was expected to be higher prices of the elements on the global market.
China received its first overseas order for four advanced LNG (liquefied natural gas) ships from Australia and Papua New Guinea. China has already completed five LNG ships for domestic clients. LNG ships must be capable of transporting fuel at minus 136 degrees Celsius.
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