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Asian shares plunge because of a weaker euro and China
The Euro is at its lowest point against the yen. Fears persist that Asian exports to Europe will drop further. China cuts growth forecast. For the Japanese government, the slowdown in the world economy becomes more widespread.
13/11/2009 ASIA - USA
Barack Obama's first time in Asia
Eight-day trip from Tokyo to Singapore, from Shanghai to Beijing to Seoul. On the agenda: climate change, North Korea’s nuclear program, Iran, Afghanistan, and especially the economic crisis and the Yuan. Criticized by peace activists in Japan.
20/06/2009 ASIA - UN
FAO: hunger will hit a billion people, 642 million in the Asia-Pacific region
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation forecasts that in 2009, for the first time in history, a sixth of the global population will suffer from hunger. For the FAO director, Diouf, the phenomenon is caused by the “dangerous combination of the global economic recession and the persistent high prices of basic food items in many countries”.
02/04/2009 ASIA - G20
The G20 Summit opens to a chorus of requests and criticism
The meeting begins at 8.30 (local time) with a working breakfast. It should conclude in the afternoon. An agreement on steps to counter the economic crisis already drafted. The unemployed, ecologists, communists and anarchists continue their protests. Yesterday a demonstrator died.
13/12/2008 JAPAN - ASIA
China, Japan, South Korea united against world economic crisis
Fukuoka is hosting the first three-party summit of Asian countries. At the center of the talks is the global financial situation and the project of recapitalizing the Asian Development Bank, with the objective of helping the countries on the continent that are hardest hit by the crisis. Chinese leader expresses hope for joint response.
ILO forecasts loss of between 7 and 22 million Asian jobs in 2009
The group warns about the risk of social protests, and advises governments to save the jobs and provide for the needs of the most vulnerable. But many say that the estimate is too optimistic: in China's Guangdong province alone, 20 million jobs were lost in the second quarter of 2008.
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