Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by L.C. Russell Hsiao
A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.
- In Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, private companies start the second round of the "Red CEO" recruitment campaign. A total of 33 enterprises were qualified to hold open recruitment, which is eight more than 2010.
- According to an official from the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, China will launch its first high-definition civil survey satellite by the end of 2011. The ZY-3 civil survey satellite will be launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province.
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama handed over political power as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile to Harvard scholar Lobsang Sangay. The transfer of political authority marks an important juncture in the Tibet movement and its relations with Beijing.
- Months after thousands of villagers were displaced by armed clashes near the Preah Vihear temple and in another disputed border zone, the Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) will likely resume at the end of August. Initial talks will reportedly focus on reducing troops in the border area.
- As a sign of growing concerns in the Asia-Pacific region over China’s growing military capabilities, Korean defense analysts express uncertainty over Beijing’s military intentions, citing sea trial of its first aircraft carrier.
- With recent opinion surveys showing that public approval rating for Japan’s PM Naoto Kan's Cabinet had dropped below 20 percent, PM Kan reconfirmed his intention to step down. If Kan officially announces his resignation at the end of the current Diet session, the presidential election may be held in early September.
- The People First Party (PFP) in Taiwan announced that the political party will run at least 10 candidates in the legislative elections in February 2012. The PFP is part of a coalition (pan-Blue) that include the Kuomintang (KMT), the current ruling party. The announcement has led some political observers to speculate that there may be a split in the pan-Blue tickets in the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.