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From India to the Philippines, coconut yields drop
Coconut production remains crucial for the Asia-Pacific region, but yields are dropping with aging as a top factor. Vietnam is the exception with 100 nuts per tree per year against a regional average of 40. Worldwide, 12.3 million hectares are devoted to coconut production with a total yield of 64.3 billion of nuts.
29/04/2009 PHILIPPINES – ASIA
Climate change “more dangerous” than economic crisis, Asian bank says
The Asian Development Bank calls on South-East Asian countries to adopt “green” policies. Experts predict a GDP loss ranging from 2.2 to almost 7 per cent if appropriate measures are not taken. The Catholic Church urges the faithful to respect the environment.
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.
15/09/2004 PHILIPPINES - CHINA - VIETNAM
Convergence between Manila and Beijing over Spratly Islands
Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia find common ground against Beijing's "imperialism"
Southeast Asian nations are increasingly concerned over repeated attacks by Chinese (paramilitary) boats against their fishing and commercial vessels. Hanoi stands with Manila as the latter sues China over maritime boundaries in an international court. Malaysia also join the fray, worried over Chinese incursion near James Island.
Prices for rice, Asia’s essential food, skyrocketing
Price rises will continue throughout 2008. Vietnam and other countries are cutting exports. China can no longer meet its domestic demand. UN food aid to region’s poorest countries is at risk.
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