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"Confrontation" heating up in South China Sea
China says that it considers closed "the incident" with the U.S. ship on March 7, off the island of Hainan. But meanwhile, it is sending its own ships to the South China Sea "on patrol," arousing the anger of the Philippines and other countries. Experts: if there is no cooperation, there is the risk of a serious confrontation.
Japanese warships join fight against pirates in Somalia
They are leaving today for the Gulf of Aden. The constitution permits only military actions of self-defense, but 61% of the country views the effort favorably.
15/01/2007 PHILIPPINES – ASEAN
ASEAN members fear Chinese juggernaut
The economies of ASEAN’s ten member states are experiencing an invasion of Chinese goods and services. Many are concerns that any new free-trade zone will favour India but especially China. Participants agree to greater anti-terrorism cooperation. Today 2nd East Asia Summit opens.
30/10/2008 IRAN - UAE
Tehran, Abu Dhabi set up joint committee on economy, disputed islands
The agreement is aimed at a general reinforcement of relations between Iran and the Emirates. The disputed islands have a purely strategic value. The regime of the mullahs announces the creation of a naval base to control traffic through the Strait of Hormuz.
05/05/2005 CHINA JAPAN SOUTH KOREA
China seeks free trade zone with Japan, South Korea
20/02/2009 CHINA - INDIA
India announces tariffs on Chinese aluminum: trade war fears on the rise
In January, New Delhi banned Chinese toys for six months, for safety reasons. Annual trade between the two countries amounts to 51.8 billion dollars, but is increasing rapidly.
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