Under The Radar News 05.28.12

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Ai-Shan Lu

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.

  • Former Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang was elected chairman of the opposition-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on May 27 with a majority-50.47 percent of the vote by 163,808 registered members.

  • On May 25, American universities sponsoring Confucius Institutes, which are backed by the Chinese government, were given reassurances by the U.S. State Department that the legal status of the institutes was affirmed and that their Chinese faculty would not have to leave America by June 30.

  • South Korea reportedly urged China to comply with international law on the fair treatment of four South Korean detainees in China’s Liaoning Province who were human rights activists and accused by Beijing of assisting North Korean defectors.

  • The Japanese government reportedly disagreed with the estimation of radiation exposure in Japan released by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to an unnamed source in the Japanese government, "the WHO estimates deviate considerably from reality," which could result in anxiety among Japanese citizens.

  • Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blamed the increase in petrol price on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. In addition, the second largest constituent of the Alliance, Trinamool Congress, is opposed to the increase in oil price as well.

  • A recent report on economic restructuring conducted by the Vietnamese National Assembly Economic Committee suggested a shift in the country’s emphasis from state-owned enterprises to the private sector in order to boost economic growth.

  • According to official-Xinhua News Agency, Chinese policymakers is dealing with the current slowdown in economic growth with caution. Beijing is prioritizing growth stability and introducing more structural boosting programs to strengthen the economy (e.g. structural tax reduction policies).
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