Under the Radar News 11.04.11

Posted on Friday, November 4, 2011 by Isabella Mroczkowski

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia

  • The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) restart peace talks amidst recent violence in Al Barka that claimed 19 lives. In the final peace deal, the government is likely to offer MILF enhanced autonomy in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

  • During the Kazakhstani president’s visit to Vietnam from October 31 - November 2, the two leaders decided to boost cooperation in oil and gas exploration and agree to consider the feasibility of a joint free trade agreement.

  • In response to PLA buildup, the Indian army proposes an addition of 100,000 troops to enhance border security. The expansion plan also includes setting up new airstrips and helipads along the India-China border.

  • China and Nepal strengthen military relations while Nepal pledges to adhere to a one-China policy and to never allow anti-China activities on Nepalese territory.

  • Japan and Vietnam strengthen energy and resource cooperation through sharing of nuclear technology and agreeing to jointly develop rare earth elements (REEs).

  • South Korea plans a unification fund to start raising billions of dollars for reunification with North Korea. The estimated amount needed to ease a peaceful transition within the next twenty years is $50 billion.

  • Indonesia announces plans to launch cultural centers abroad as part of its international cultural diplomacy initiative.

  • Japan claims 49 islets as exclusive economic zones (EEZs) amidst bids by other Asian countries to expand influence over maritime affairs.

  • The U.S. and South Korea announce plans to conduct a joint simulation exercise against a possible nuclear attack from North Korea.
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