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The Dalai Lama said on Thursday he would seek an amendment allowing him to resign his political office when the exiled Tibetan parliament meets next week in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamshala. Beijing labels this move as "deceiving.”
India tested its indigenous interceptor missile, called Advanced Air Defense (AAD), on Sunday. It is capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile. India plans to establish the initial phase of a robust Ballistic Missile Defense shield by 2012.
The “Peace-11 exercises” kicked off in Pakistan on Tuesday. Naval exercises were conducted by delegations from 40 countries, including the U.S., China, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. In particular, the issue of piracy at sea was recognized as a growing concern in the Indian Ocean.
Prior to the first session of Burma's new Parliament, junta chief General Than Shwe signed a law that gives the commander-in-chief of the military—who is currently Than Shwe himself—the absolute authority to use unlimited “Special Funds” in performing his duties of protecting the Constitution and preserving national sovereignty.
A three-day ASEAN senior officials’ meeting concluded in Yogyakarta on Wednesday with several new ideas raised but left one crucial issue — the Indonesian-backed migrant worker regional deal — untouched. For Indonesia, the migrant workers issue is among top priorities as millions of its migrant workers are in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
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