Under The Radar News 04.02.12

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by Ai-Shan Lu

A weekly compilation of events in Asia.

  • According to the Chongqing Economy and Informationization Commission, the “Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe” Platform Company will be established in April. The company is being billed as a new coordination platform for the transportation of goods along the Eurasia Land Bridge.

  • 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.

  • After the meeting in Seoul on March 28, Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Tan Dung and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed to cooperate on balancing bilateral trade. The two sides also signed an agreement and two memoranda of understanding to strengthen comprehensive collaboration.

  • 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.

  • Indian Army Chief General VK Singh’s leaked secret letter on India’s poor state of defense preparedness sparked a political turmoil. Some parties regard the leak as damaging to national security and demanded General Singh’s ouster.
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