Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Will Shinzo Abe Back Away From Revisionism?

http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/reconciliation-or-revisionism-what-not-to-expect-from-shinzo-abe/

The Rise of Political Buddhism in Myanmar

http://www.tricycle.com/blog/rise-political-buddhism-myanmar

80% of N. Korean defectors are female in 2015, overall numbers down

http://www.koreatimesus.com/80-of-n-korean-defectors-are-female-in-2015-overall-numbers-down/

South Korea's Tight Lips on 9 Dash Line Have A Purpose

http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2015/07/07/South-China-Sea-Why-Korea-is-silent-and-why-thats-a-good-thing.aspx

The Evolution of Japanese Defense Policy

http://www.nippon.com/en/features/h00112/

Hashimoto raises prospect of forming all-Kansai political party

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/06/national/politics-diplomacy/hashimoto-raises-prospect-of-forming-all-kansai-political-party/#.VZtMx0pHarV

Why Did ‘Frontline’ Kill Macau Casinos Documentary?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/06/why-did-frontline-kill-lowell-bergman-s-gambling-documentary.html?utm_content=buffer28e51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New Zealand to raise rights concerns with Nauru

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/28698424/new-zealand-to-raise-rights-concerns-with-nauru/

South Korea Steps Up Her Supercomputing Game

http://www.theplatform.net/2015/07/06/south-koreas-striking-stepped-up-supercomputing-strategy/

Japan Admits Forced Labor on UNESCO Sites, Smooths Korea Tensions

http://www.forbes.com/sites/donaldkirk/2015/07/06/japan-agrees-with-korea-on-world-heritage-sites-admitting-forced-labor-an-omen-for-future/

Monday, July 06, 2015

A Showdown is Coming in Myanmar

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c7c71ad4-2089-11e5-aa5a-398b2169cf79.html#axzz3f5KbbhgK

Thai army chief won't release student critics

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/06/us-thailand-politics-idUSKCN0PG0AD20150706

Asian Investors: The Australian Bush is Calling You

The Economist
Australia's north
Australia wants to turn its most remote region into an Asian investment hub

SYDNEY

AUSTRALIANS have long viewed the north of their country the way America once regarded its West: as the last frontier. The region of red deserts and steamy coasts above the Tropic of Capricorn sprawls across the states of Queensland and Western Australia and the Northern Territory (NT), a federal domain (see map). It is the size of India, yet its population is tiny. Barely more than 1m of Australia's 23m people live there. But the north is changing. Once a haven for misfits and fortune-seekers, it is now attracting people at a faster rate than the rest of Australia, thanks largely to a boom resulting from the sale of its iron ore, coal and gas to Asia's resource-hungry economies. Tony Abbott, Australia's conservative prime minister, goes so far as to call the region an emerging "economic powerhouse".

Japan Ups Aid to Mekong Five

http://m.phnompenhpost.com/business/japan-ups-its-aid-mekong

SV @Home brings industry bucks to affordable housing debate

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_28437124/silicon-valley-housing-high-powered-new-advocacy-group

Tech bigshots about to rout Blue Noses at Presidio Trust over Lucas snub?

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/george-lucas-museum-ron-conway-and-other-tech-bigwigs-allege-conspiracy-2015-7

Japan govt faces N Korea abductions dilemma

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Japan-govt-faces-N-Korea-abductions-dilemma-30263794.html

Mekong states avoid irking China at summit with Japan

http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/mekong-states-avoid-irking-china-summit-japan

Malaysia: Scandal may drive Najib into Islamist arms

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/1mdb-claims-could-force-najib-to-look-to-pas-for-survival-analyst-claims

Energy tops priority list as PM Modi begins central Asia tour

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/energy-tops-priority-list-as-pm-modi-begins-central-asia-tour/article1-1366233.aspx

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Will James Soong Save the KMT? Probably Not

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2015/07/04/2003622239

New Defection May Reveal Kim's Secret Funds: Video

http://www.arirang.co.kr/Mobile/News_Detail.asp?nseq=181105

South China Sea: Beijing lobbying behind scenes at the Hauge

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/04/us-southchinasea-arbitration-idUSKCN0PE0VK20150704

Philippines to open cargo routes from Palawan to Brunei

http://asiancorrespondent.com/133970/philippines-palawan-to-brunei-malaysia-shipping-service-eyed/

Jakarta Cabinet Reshuffle: Opposition Not in the Loop Yet

http://www.globalindonesianvoices.com/21479/cabinet-reshuffle-opposition-parties-not-in-the-loop-yet/

Top Japan, U.S. military brass plan powwow in Washington

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/04/national/politics-diplomacy/top-japan-u-s-military-brass-plan-powwow-in-washington/

DPJ should step up to the plate and state its own security views

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002266104

Myanmar reluctant to aid India in rebel crackdown

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Myanmar-reluctant-to-aid-India-in-rebel-crackdown/articleshow/47942422.cms

Quinn: SF tech firms too focused on solving problems for First World elite

http://www.mercurynews.com/michelle-quinn/ci_28433203/quinn-where-is-san-francisco-based-tech-boom

South Korea's answer to Silicon Valley

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/south-koreas-answer-silicon-valley

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Beijing to rein in pace of fund raising amid Chinese stock market rout

(ABOVE: Investors watch computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Wuhan. Reuters)


Vancouver's Transit Tax Fiasco

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Smyth+Weep+your+wallet+today+this+TransLink+mess+tomorrow/11183832/story.html

California’s century-old initiative process requires a reboot

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/bill-whalen/article26101909.html

"Grand Bargain" in store for San Francisco office space?

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2015/07/prop-m-developers-compromise-office-space-cap.html

Myanmar military press-gangs Rohingya into forced labour

http://www.smh.com.au/world/myanmar-military-pressgangs-rohingya-into-forced-labour-20150703-gi4dnj.html

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball? | William Bradley

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-bradley/is-silicon-valley-chartin_b_7723474.html

'Information is the most powerful weapon against North Korea regime'

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/north-korea-drought-john-sweeney-bbc

How China is losing South-east Asia

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asian-opinions/how-china-losing-south-east-asia

WSJ claims $700m deposited into Malaysia PM’s accounts

http://business.asiaone.com/news/wsj-claims-940m-deposited-pm%E2%80%99s-accounts

The Truth About the Diet Security Legislation Debate

http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/the-truth-about-the-diet-security-legislation-debate/

Thursday, July 02, 2015

We Told You So, Vol. 1,598

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China's New Security Law, Translated

http://chinalawtranslate.com/en/2015nsl/

China and the volcanic politics of Hong Kong and Taiwan

http://www.afr.com/news/world/asia/china-and-the-volcanic-politics-of-hong-kong-and-taiwan-20150702-gi2z1n

Oh, Good: Cambodia, Vietnam to Hold Border Talks Next Week

http://www.voanews.com/content/cambodia-vietnam-border-talks/2845799.html

Thai migrant registry not exactly a big success

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15286-hundreds-of-thousands-shun-registration-as-deadline-passes.html

Poll: Australians more worried over Daesh than China

http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/lowy-poll-terrorism-not-china-australias-biggest-concern/

Too Much Tuna: Pacific fisheries plan for revenue drop

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/277656/pacific-fisheries-plan-for-tuna-revenue-drop

Figuring Out Modi's Central Asia Agenda

http://www.forbes.com/sites/charlestiefer/2015/07/01/modis-central-asia-trip-agenda-india-opposes-isis-joins-with-china-seeks-economic-progress/

Diet debate turns to Strait of Hormuz

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002234651

Japan Looks to Southeast Asia to Counter China

http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/japan-looks-to-southeast-asia-to-counter-chinas-assertiveness/

Indonesia: Hercules Crash Puts Focus on Aging Air Force

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-01/indonesia-plane-disaster-revives-focus-on-aging-air-force-fleet

Australian doctors sound alarm over border law

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1409d5a4-1fc1-11e5-aa5a-398b2169cf79.html#axzz3ehQVQOu9

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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India to ink surface travel agreement with Myanmar, Thailand

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/india-to-ink-agreement-with-myanmar-thailand-nitin-gadkari_1622662.html

News of Abe's 'war with China' remarks may have been ploy

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150630000099&cid=1101

Malaysia to call for Asean meeting on security of regional waters

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/hishammuddin-malaysia-to-call-for-asean-meeting-on-security-of-regional-wat

Criticism from EU, UN: Prayut stands firm on jailing of students

http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/criticism-from-eu-un-prayut-stands-firm-on-jailing-of-students/103425/

Mangoplate, Korea’s Yelp, Lands $6.1M, Eyes Expansion

http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/30/mangoplate-plates-up-6-1-million/

Manila delays joining AIIB amid South China Sea tensions

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150630000090&cid=1101

It's Just Business: Why US Allies Are Happy to Join China’s AIIB

http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/why-us-allies-are-happy-to-join-chinas-aiib/

Jakarta Goes Big On AIIB

http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/30/ri-invests-big-china-led-infrastructure-bank.html

UN: Papua Collaboration w/ Oz Asylum Policy Illegal

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4261931.htm

In Japan, a plan to expand military's powers faces growing resistance

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-japan-military-20150630-story.html

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Australia is sixth-biggest shareholder

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/australia-sixth-biggest-shareholder-in-new-china-investment-bank/6580682

The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth

http://thediplomat.com/2015/06/the-rohingya-and-islamic-extremism-a-convenient-myth/

Easing the Malacca Energy Bottleneck: Is it Time for the Kra Canal?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drillinginfo/2015/06/29/kra-canal/

Amid sea row with China, PHL gets seat in UN agency on maritime policies

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/512586/news/nation/amid-sea-row-with-china-phl-gets-seat-in-un-agency-on-maritime-policies

How interested is #Jokowi in foreign policy, anyway?

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/30/the-main-actor-foreign-policy-is-he-interested.html

Thousands of Myanmar refugees, asylum seekers stuck in Malaysian poverty cycle - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/thousands-of-refugees-stuck-in-malaysian-poverty-cycle/6575134

Subramanian Swamy calls for new China policy by Modi government - The Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/subramanian-swamy-calls-for-new-china-policy-by-modi-government/articleshow/47863406.cms

Japan Defense: National security is not a black-and-white choice - 毎日新聞

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20150629p2a00m0na013000c.html

Satellite Imagery Reveals China’s New Drone Base

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/rest-of-world/2015/06/29/satellite-imagery-reveals-chinas-new-drone-base/

North Korea Crystal Meth Production And Smuggling To China Decrease With Tightening Borders: Report

http://www.ibtimes.com/north-korea-crystal-meth-production-smuggling-china-decrease-tightening-borders-1987913

Monday, June 29, 2015

Security threats to Kolkata-Kunming project examined

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/experts-to-address-the-nontraditional-security-threats-to-the-bcim-project/article7364290.ece

Japan, Australia: Formal Defence Pact in the Works?

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/shinzo-abe-tipped-to-seek-alliance-between-japan-and-australia/story-e6frg6so-1227419031545

TPP a 'cold war taking place by proxy'

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/347336/tpp-cold-war-taking-place-proxy

Better Cover Up in Malaysia

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysias-big-cover

Bridging ties with the New Silk Road - The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/bridging-ties-with-the-new-silk-road/article7364287.ece

Jokowi Called On to Include Opposition Parties in Cabinet

http://www.globalindonesianvoices.com/21387/president-jokowi-urged-to-include-opposition-parties-in-reshuffled-cabinet/

Cambodia: Montagnards Not Welcome

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/12696/gov---t--montagnards-not-welcome/

Philippines halts repairs on Spratlys airstrip ahead of UN suit - The Malaysian Insider

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/philippines-halts-repairs-on-spratlys-airstrip-ahead-of-un-suit

Analysts: Taiwan Goals Drive China's Spratly Grab

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/06/28/taiwan-china-reclamation-island-invasion-spratly-south-china-sea-pla/29260999/

S. Korea holds significant stakes in South China Sea issue: Burns

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150628000408