Asia Minute

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Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea

The president of South Korea spent a couple of days in Washington this week. She met with President Obama and told a joint session of Congress that it’s time to stop rewarding North Korea for bad behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China is an important growth market for Hawaii’s tourism business. And that means developments concerning the country’s largest airline can be interesting to a wide audience. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Losing the popular vote but winning political power. It’s happened before in the U.S. presidential election, and now it’s happened in a different context in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Part of Hawaii’s energy future may include natural gas. The idea is still under debate, and the outcome is far from clear. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits off the coast of Africa are drawing interest—and investment—from several Asian countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / gmetrail

Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The International Monetary Fund is positive about the economy in a key market for Hawaii's visitors. The IMF says the Asia Pacific region will grow by nearly six-percent this year, but there are also some cautions. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex
Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Thousands of people in Bangladesh are protesting safety conditions for garment workers in the country. More than 200 people were killed this week when a clothing factory collapsed in the nation's capital. The protestor's targets include some western shores. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Hawaii's legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances --- and that's likely to continue through this summer.  Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt.  Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt.  HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute. 

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects another year of growth for car sales in Hawaii—forecasting a rise of 6.5% from last year. Last month, attendance was up at the auto show in Honolulu. This week, a much bigger auto show is taking place in Shanghai. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The issue of same-sex marriage is still before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hawaii, legislation to legalize gay marriage is not likely to pass this session. But in New Zealand, it’s a different story---one that HPR’s Bill Dorman has in today’s Asia Minute.

Solar Troubles in Asia

Apr 17, 2013
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  Hawaii gets a greater percentage of its electricity from solar power than any other state.That’s according to the annual report of the trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association. But some solar suppliers in Asia are facing a new round of trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China's Iceland Play

Apr 16, 2013

China has signed a new trade deal. This one involves a European country, and an energy source that’s familiar to people here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  There’s a new development this week in a multi-billion dollar train project that will change the look of a city. It’s not Honolulu—but Bangkok. And the next step of the project involves the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Government workers who deal with documents sometimes come across cases of mistaken identity. But a recent situation in China takes the concept to a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

  

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is working on the next step of the city’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Officials are preparing a report on their archeological survey, which was completed last month. Across the Pacific, another rail project is at a very different stage—HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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