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Philippine Leaders Come and Go But Corruption Reigns Supreme

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

By just about any international standard, the Philippines ranks near the bottom rung among the world’s most corrupt countries. Transparency International places it 134th among 178 countries, one place below Nigeria but far below the scores of other countries often criticized for massive corruption, including the two Asian giants, China and India.


N. Korea Looks to Russia for Leverage Against China

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Kim Jong-il returned in August from his first visit to Russia in nine years with promises for vastly expanding economic ties with his great northern neighbor. Now the question is whether or not North Korea and Russia can fulfill the deals they agreed on at Kim’s summit in Siberia with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev.

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Is China Engaging the US in a High-Tech Arms Race?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Last year, the United States completed delivery of a US$6.4 billion arms package to Taiwan, including ballistic missile defense systems, utility helicopters, and mine sweeping ships. This sealed the completion of the security cooperation agenda between the two countries.

Thai Election Drama: The New Face of Yingluck Thaksin

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Thailand’s tourism bureau may boast that the country is the land of smiles, but its often tumultuous politics — spanning coups and corruption — has just as often raised frowns. After the dramatic July 3rd national election, supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra are beaming.

Her Puea Thai Party claimed a resounding 265 out of 500 seats over the Democratic Partys’ 159 and their ousted prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The election galvanized the nation and won much international attention partly because of its soap opera quality. Yingluck is a rookie to politics. She is also the younger sister of Thaksin Shinawtra, the former leader of the Puea Thai Party who was deposed in a military coup in 2006.

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Visiting the Lamp of the East: Soaring India-Korea Business Ties

Monday, September 19th, 2011

“In the golden age of Asia, Korea was one of its lamp bearers. And that lamp is waiting to be lighted once again. For the illumination of the East.” Rabindranath Tagore wrote this famous poem in 1929, and it was on the minds of many people during Indian President Pratibha Patil’s visit to South Korea on July 25.


Korea’s Winter Wonderland Overjoyed At Prospect of Hosting 2018 Olympics

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The crowds watching the news at twenty minutes after midnight in the heart of South Korea's "snow country" exploded in cheers and tears like a fizzy blast of champagne bursting from a freshly uncorked bottle. "I had to cry when I heard," said Koh Seung-hee in the lobby of a luxury hotel in South Korea's winter wonderland. "We have been waiting so long."

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UN Peacekeepers to Keep their Date and Withdraw after East Timor Presidential Elections in 2012

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The United Nations will finally wind up its peacekeeping services in East Timor in 2012, and all preparations to keep within this deadline are in full swing. It was almost six years ago that the East Timor government enlisted the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in 2006, following unprecedented civil riots and factional fighting that was taking one of the youngest nations in the world to the brink of internal strife and civil war.

Philippines Seeking Answers to Unprecedented Chinese Activities on Spratly Islands

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Philippines and its neighbours continue to be hassled by Chinese intrusions into their territorial waters around the Spratly Islands. After an incident in March of this year when a Philippine survey ship was disturbed by Chinese patrol vessels along the Reed Bank, despite the vessel being well within its territorial waters, the Manila government filed a complaint seeking clarification from the Chinese government.

China Fights for the Riches of the South China Sea

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The sparks are flying in what has been a diplomatic and propaganda war for a little-known island chain claimed in whole or in part by half a dozen powers, notably China but also Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. Mysterious sightings of Chinese warplanes over distant islets, atolls, and reefs in the South China Sea have fueled reports of China's expansionist aims in these troubled waters. They have assumed importance with the realization that a fortune in oil and gas lingers beneath the shallow sea. The contest most recently has involved a strange realignment of interests in which big brother China, Hanoi's main ally in the war that culminated in the victory of North Vietnam's forces in 1975, is now Vietnam's foe.

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Fertilizing, Growing, Harvesting, and Trading Technologies

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report had the privilege of sitting down with Joo, Jae Man, director of the Gyeonggi Daejin Technology Transfer Center of Gyeonggi Daejin Technopark, to ask him about the Technopark and technological transactions in Gyeonggi province and Korea in general. Dr.

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Egypt’s Orascon Telecom Links North Korea and Egypt to Each Other

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Egypt and North Korea have long and historical ties. Around the time Hosni Mubarak was taking over, Egypt and North Korea began dealing in missiles – though Egypt was seen by Washington as a “good” Arab state and North Korea, then as now, as the incarnation of evil. Mubarak, when he commanded the Egyptian air force, got North Korea to send pilots to train Egyptians before the fourth Mideast war with Israel in 1973.

Diabetes Burdening the Asia-Pacific

Friday, April 15th, 2011

A study in 2007 by the Asia-Pacific Cohort Studies collaboration related that diabetes was the primary cause of 12% of heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular) deaths in the region.

By nation, statistical records of diabe- tes causing heart disease deaths measured 12% in Tonga, and 8% in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Australia showed 4.000 or more deaths caused by diabetes. China recorded 70,000 diabetes-related heart strokes. India’s figures indicate a staggering 1,50,000 cardio-deaths due to diabetes.


Asia to Have More Subs in the Next Decade

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

One of the basic characteristics common to most countries in the Asia-Pacific region is that most of these nations are surrounded or are bordered by the sea.

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Obama-Hu Summit Gets South, North Korea Talking Again

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

First comes the crisis, then the talks. The routine is so familiar it’s hard to generate confidence in Seoul from dialogue with North Korea.

All that’s sure is that North Korea, right after U.S. President Barack Obama hosted China’s President Hu Jintao at the White House on January 19, requested a meeting of North and South Korean defense ministers, and South Korea at once accepted.

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Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The idyllic life on once-prosperous Yeonpyeong Island, enriched by the plentiful fish and crabs swarming the embracing waters of the Yellow Sea, may be gone forever.

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Fan of Mahatma Gandhi - President Obama in India

Friday, January 28th, 2011

US President Barack Hussein Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s 4 day visit to India has really opened new opportunities, a number of deals that are rich in bilateral benefits - shifting the paradigm in Indo-US relations and the role India plays in the World.

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North Korea's Heir to the Throne - Out of the Closet and on Display

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

In the space of a few hours, North Korea opened a new chapter in the turbulent history of the Korean peninsula.

The new leader is a young man named Kim Jong-eun, the choice of his father, the Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, who’s survived longer than most people thought possible after suffering a stroke in August 2008 but has to have had intimations of mortality.

Japan- China Tensions Threaten Economic Ties

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Japanese government accused China on Aug. 10 of sending drilling technology to a gas field in the East China Sea that is a source of dispute between the two countries.

It is called Shirakaba in Japan and Chunxiao in China. Katsuya Okada, Japan’s foreign minister, confirmed on Aug. 10 that he had intelligence that the Chinese were transporting drilling equipment in the several days preceding and asked about them through regular diplomatic channels.

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G20 in Seoul: The Search for Consensus

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The noise-making of demonstrators from outside the tall security fence surrounding the venue of the summit of leaders of the world’s 20 most important economic powers in November will probably not be heard by the summiteers meeting inside the spacious Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul’s high priced, highrise Gangnam district, south of the Han River that bisects the capital.


Aftermath of the Battle of Bangkok

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The charred remnants of burned-down buildings flash across TV screens across the globe as people watched the aftermath of Thailand’s worst political crisis in 18 years. Shops and other business establishments have started to reopen as gridlock once again fills the roads.


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