A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.
The U.S. “strongly and vehemently” supports a clean waiver for India from the guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Outgoing ambassador Timothy Roemer stressed that this civil nuclear agreement will move the U.S.-India relationship in a positive direction.
The White House and the Congress have cleared an impasse over three key trade pacts with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. After weeks of negotiations, the Trade Adjustment Assistance programs in relation to each of the three countries were renewed to provide workers unemployed due to international trade with benefits and services.
This week, the State Department removed the Philippines and Singapore from the annual Trafficking in Persons report. The only Asian countries that fully comply with the State Department’s human rights standards are Taiwan and South Korea. Read the Project 2049 Institute’s report on human rights in Asia.
The Pakistani army rejects Afghan claims that it has fired more than 450 rockets into Afghan territory over the past three weeks. Afghan officials have expressed “great concern” over the issue and the alleged 36 killed.
The possible return of exiled Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra poses instability concerns for the July 3rd elections. Since his removal from office under in a military coup five years ago, Thailand has been very politically divided; Thailand’s current PM has warned that his return could herald increased turbulence.
The Bangladeshi Parliament repealed a 15-year-old requirement that general elections be supervised by nonpartisan caretaker governments through a Parliament vote of 291-1. The opposition claims the move could allow the current ruling party to rig the votes.
Russian navy chief says Russia will deliver a nuclear submarine to India by the end of the year. India sees Russia as a strategic counterweight to China but has suffered chronic delays to large weapons orders, including the Admiral Gorshkov heavy aircraft carrier.
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