Under the Radar News 09.02.11

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 by Isabella Mroczkowski

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia


  • Philippines President Aquino visited China this week to peacefully resolve territorial disputes. He urged the world’s number two economy to invest in the Philippines and a five year $60 billion trade and investment plan is underway.

  • Last month an Indian Naval Ship confronted the Chinese Navy while sailing in international waters in the South China Sea. While China ordered the warship to change course, India has called for adherence to principles of international law.

  • Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda entered office this week, pledging to deepen the U.S.-Japan alliance and making a plea for unity in his divided DPJ party.

  • Typhoon Nanmadol stormed through the Philippines, Taiwan, and China this week resulting in seventeen deaths and devastating floods. Taiwan’s recovery from the tropical storm was further delayed by a 5.3 scale earthquake that hit on Wednesday.

  • China is set to pass new legislation that will allow police to hold political dissidents in secret detention centers.

  • In an effort to ease tensions following South China Sea disputes and political riots, China and Vietnam are planning a defense hotline to promote bilateral defense cooperation.

  • North Korea and Russia plan to increase naval cooperation specifically: joint search and rescue exercises and humanitarian drills.

  • Taiwanese Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen urges a slower pace for Cross-Strait relations. Her comments are in response to President Ma Ying-jeou’s fast-track trade and tourism agreements with China earlier this year.

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