Under the Radar News 02.11.11

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 by Sophia Tsirbas

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • A diplomatic row ensues as Taiwan recalls its envoy to the Philippines over the deportation of fourteen Taiwanese fraud suspects to China. It remains to be seen whether China will send suspects back to Taiwan.

  • South Korea will deploy its first homegrown ship-launched cruise missile, the Cheonryong, with a 500 km range, on warships in the West Sea. The Cheonryong’s range allows it to potentially target North Korean missile bases while staying out of range of their missiles.

  • Afghanistan’s President Karzai calls for gradual disbandment of provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs). It is widely acknowledged that the controversial PRTs have been largely unsuccessful while diverting funds from the Afghan government.

  • A U.S. government issued report states that aid to Pakistan has not been effective. Aid programs are stymied by staffing problems, lack of security, and fraud.

  • A Taiwanese general accused of spying for China since 2004 is the senior most official to be arrested on espionage charges since the 1960s. One Taiwanese lieutenant describes increasing Chinese infiltration into Taiwan as indicative of a ‘smokeless war.’

  • An Asian Development Bank report warns of a climate-induced ‘migration crisis' in Asia. The ADB urges governments to be more proactive in implementing policies to mitigate the effects.

  • In face of a huge budget deficit, Pakistan’s entire Cabinet of sixty ministers resigns; the President is expected to announce a smaller forty-person Cabinet.

  • India and Pakistan will start new peace talks, broken off after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Some of the issues to be discussed will be India’s role in Afghanistan and the disputed Kashmir region.

  • Japan and Uzbekistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the development of natural resources, such as uranium and rare metals.

  • The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment seeks to block China’s Huawei Technology Co.’s acquisition of a U.S. technology developer. Huawei’s access to core technology could put the U.S. at risk, argue some lawmakers.
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