A modest-looking twin-propeller Chinese aircraft loaded with radar and other surveillance equipment swooped low over the waters close to disputed islands in the East China Sea on Thursday, the latest move by China to increase the pressure on Japan over who owns the uninhabited island chain.
The reappearance on Saturday of Xi Jinping, a top Chinese leader who had vanished from public view, removes one question mark facing the Communist Party, but a wave of protests against Japan is a sign that internal power struggles are far from over.
The United Nations Development Program is getting ready to normalize aid to Myanmar this month under an initiative being taken by Japan, diplomatic sources at the world body said Friday.Since the United States and the European Union have decided to ease sanctions on Myanmar as it moves toward democratization, competition is growing from other countries eager to tap its natural resources with the help of development aid.
The metals are needed for making an array of sophisticated products, from smartphones to smart bombs, as well as wind turbines and other green technologies. China is the source of more than 90 percent of the world’s processed rare earth metals.
Even if the West and Japan overcome the stiff challenges of winning their case at the World Trade Organization, it could still take several years before Beijing changes its policies — by which time companies in the West and Japan could have moved even more of their factories that use rare earth metals to China.
Japan plans to resume full-blown development aid to Myanmar to help finance its infrastructure projects as the Southeast Asian country takes steps towards democracy, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said on Tuesday.
Myanmar’s cabinet, led by President Thein Sein, has embarked on a wave of reforms since taking office last March, such as the release of more than 600 political prisoners, an easing of media censorship and laws allowing protests and trade unions.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, agreed Wednesday to cooperate in infrastructure development in India, with high-speed railways and nuclear power plants likely to feature prominently.
Alors que le Japon et la Chine s’opposent toujours au sujet des îles Senkaku (Diaoyu en chinois) en mer de Chine orientale, deux petites îles de la mer du Japon opposent Tokyo et Séoul et menacent d’aviver les tensions entre les deux pays, pourtant proches partenaires économiques, après la visite de dix-sept députés sud-coréens mardi 23 octobre.
Anti-Japanese demonstrators took to the streets again on Sunday in cities across China, with the government offering mixed signals on whether it would continue to tolerate the sometimes violent outbursts.
While Japanese net ODA as a ratio of its GDP is among the smallest of major donor countries and Japanese aid has received a low ranking in the CDI assessments, the quality of Japanese aid is high when evaluated from results-oriented perspectives.
Japan and the U.N. World Food Program exchanged notes Friday on using certified-safe food products from disaster-hit eastern Japan as overseas aid as a way to dispel fears over radioactive contamination.
The United States, the European Union and Japan filed complaints Tuesday with the World Trade Organization charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths, minerals that are vital to the production of high-tech goods.
Il y a un mois, soupçonnant Téhéran de vouloir se doter de l’arme nucléaire, les États-Unis et l’Union européenne int instauré un embargo sur le pétrole iranien et ils ont appelé tous les États à faire de même, ou à réduire à tout le moins leurs importations.
Le Japon, bien que 9 à 10% de ses importations pétrolières proviennent d’Iran, a suivi son allié américain. Pour compenser, le Premier ministre Yoshihiko Noda a annoncé que son pays devrait accorder des capitaux à un ancien ennemi de Washington en échange de son pétrole, l’Irak.
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