Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011
by Jessica Drun
A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia
China’s State Council passed a plan on Wednesday that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2015. The Council also released a statement calling for the establishment of a CO2 calculation system and set emissions guidelines for local officials.
The South Korean legislature is reviewing a law that would allow the government to seize illegal Chinese trawlers fishing in Korea’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The current version of the law simply fines Chinese trawlers, but Korean officials are calling for an amendment because of the economic impact of allowing Chinese fisherman to keep their illegal catches
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to announce Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) talks which will develop a multi-lateral free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific. He decided to act without the formal approval of his party, the Democratic Party of Japan, which may hinder internal debate on the TPP
South Korea and Vietnam are working to improve bilateral ties, following a summit at Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea from November 8 to 10. The meeting between President Truong Tan Sang and President Lee Myung-Bak comes at a time of rising maritime disputes. Seoul and Hanoi agreed to work on a development project to build nuclear reactors in Vietnam. The joint statement also indicated moves to accelerate bilateral trade, sustainable growth, and collaboration in international and regional forums through the ASEAN-RoK partnernship to promote Vietnam’s socio-economic development
Former Indian president Abdul Kalam commended the safety features at the Kudankulum nuclear plant in coastal Tamil Nadu, emphasizing that the new facility could prevent an accident of Fukushima-proportions. Kalam’s address in New Delhi comes at a vital time, as the country has been swept by widespread public protests against nuclear energy.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister , Marty Natalegawa, suggested this week that countries should reward Burma for its reform progress by loosening trade restrictions and permitting Naypyidaw to host ASEAN. Natalegawa holds that the opportunity with ASEAN would boost Myanmar’s image internationally and give officials further incentive to reform.
The Philippines is seeking a multilateral solution for disputes in the South China Sea. The Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary said that the proposal is an extension of the Zone of Peace, Freedom, Friendship and Cooperation and that any resolution of the conflict must be conducted within ASEAN because of exiting commitments of the Philippines as an ASEAN member state. The proposal will be brought up at next week’s ASEAN summit and is said to include plans that are in line with China’s intention to solve the issue bilaterally.
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