On March 27, China and Ireland signed three agreements to promote cooperation in science and research innovation, investments and trade. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also welcomed Ireland’s new Asia strategy of placing Sino-Ireland trade relationship high on its list of priorities.
Taiwanese legislators of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) urged the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to take a more active role in developing in acquisitions of new submarines.
According to the Director General of Information and Public Relations Department at the Burmese Ministry of Information, U Ye Htut, the print media law (second draft) is being prepared and private daily newspapers are expected to be allowed by the end of 2012.
Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka ordered the Self-Defense Forces to intercept rockets launched by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) “if necessary.” Ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors will be deployed to the Okinawa Prefecture along with three Aegis-equipped destroyers carrying the sea-based Standard Missile-3 interceptors.
Following the ouster of Bo Xilai as Chinese Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing, half of Chongqing Committee’s leadership is expected to be replaced. On March 27, Chen Cungen, who was appointed as Director of the Chongqing Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee this January, was also removed.
Please note that the opinions expressed by AsiaEye bloggers are theirs alone, and do not reflect the official positions of the Project 2049 Institute.
About the Project 2049 Institute
The Project 2049 Institute seeks to guide decision makers toward a more secure Asia by the century’s mid-point. The Institute is the only Washington-based think tank that focuses exclusively on future-oriented studies of the Asia Pacific.