Under the Radar News 07.15.11

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2011 by Luke Warnock

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • The United Nations requested that Japan dispatch Self Defense Forces for a peacekeeping operation in the newly established South Sudan. Japan currently has SDF forces stationed in the quake-hit Tohoku region and in Haiti.

  • The Malaysian government is threatening to continue its crackdown on the opposition-linked protest movement after Saturday's (07.09.11) electoral reform rally. The current electoral system favors the Barisan National Front (BN) coalition that has governed uninterrupted since 1957.

  • Word leaked that Biden will announce no new F-16 sales to Taiwan during his August trip to China. The U.S. will only support upgrades to Taiwan’s existing fleet of 144 F-16A/B aircraft.

  • PLA chief Chen Bingde and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen conducted meetings intended to improve U.S.-China military ties. During the talks, China criticized U.S. defense spending and South China Sea military exercises.

  • The Okinawa local government demands that Tokyo and Washington cancel planned deployment of Osprey aircraft at the U.S. Futenma base, citing civilian casualties from previous test flights crashes in 2001-2002.

  • North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-Chun will make a rare appearance on the international stage next week as he attends a regional security conference along with Hillary Clinton on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

  • After American drone strikes killed 45 Pakistani militants and the U.S. has suspened military aid packages, Pakistani officials suggest they may be turning increasingly to "all-weather friend" China.

  • As Japanese Prime Minister Kan scraps previously stated 53 percent nuclear energy targets for a nuclear-free society plan, Chinese companies are looking at Japan as a new market for wind and solar technologies.

  • South Korea heavily criticizes Japan’s boycott of Korean Air, after flight over disputed Dokdo Islets, a territory in the Japan Sea occupied by South Korea since 1954. The confrontation threatens to roll back recent progress on economic deals, cultural exchanges, and a united front against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
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