Malaysia has invited the Singapore navy to cooperate in the monitoring of the Gulf of Aden. In response to Somali piracy, Southeast Asian nations are working together to ensure safe passage for merchant ships.
The Philippines has announced plans of raising $4.6 billion for the creation of a fund to aid private enterprises in the building of roads, rail, and port projects. The government is also pushing for a $1 billion investment in roads and rails to maintain 7 to 8% growth for the year.
Singapore has announced the loosening of restrictions on new media for the use of political campaigning. Political party officials view these changes as an indication of government recognition of the difficulties in monitoring new media.
The United States and Japan exhibit differing views on the depth of the crisis, with U.S. officials issuing much more dire warnings. Despite the panic, President Obama has said that no harmful radiation is expected to hit the U.S.
China objects to a U.S. report placing certain Chinese companies, such as search engine Baidu, on the “notorious markets" list for selling counterfeit and pirated goods. China has faced much international criticism for its extensive intellectual property rights violations.
After two years in office, Obama heads to Latin America for state visits to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. His trip is seen as a response to growing Chinese influence in the region and to push for energy and construction deals.
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