Under the Radar News 07.29.11

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 by Isabella Mroczkowski

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.

  • Japan boosts its contribution to fighting piracy in the Gulf of Aden with opening of SDF base in Djibouti. The base is equipped with a maintenance hangar for P-3C patrol aircraft.

  • China’s Sinopec is building a $108 million lubricant plant in Singapore. This is Sinopec’s first foreign lubricant plant investment.

  • South Korea and China held their first strategic defense talk, establishing a precedent for an annual strategic dialogue.

  • International human rights groups slammed Australia’s refugee swap with Malaysia as an erosion of refugee rights. Under the deal, Australia will send 800 asylum-seekers to Malaysia in return for 4,000 certified refugees.

  • The newly-elected Vietnamese president, Truong Tan Sang, asserts that marine and island sovereignty in the South China Sea is sacred and violable. President Truong advocates legalizing marine and island sovereignty in national law and continuing research and exploration in the area.

  • The Thai army plans an offensive in the far South where insurgents have established bases and training camps for terrorist activities. A bomb attack in Yala province on Monday injured five teachers and volunteers.

  • Pakistan and India held secretary level talks on commerce, defense, and security in efforts to improve bilateral ties. Negotiations included controversial issues such as the Kashmir border disputes.

  • Tokyo drafts guidelines for the transfer of missile interceptor jointly developed with the United States. The draft sets conditions for the export of the next-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor.

  • The Armed Forces of the Philippines announced that it will no longer purchase Taiwan jets. Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman and Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said: “The [acquisition of Taiwanese] F-5s didn’t materialize due to our One-China policy.”

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