Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

U.S. Navy's Asian Excursions

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The aircraft carrier USS George Washington spent several days in Malaysia this week. The visit made local headlines, but it didn’t get much attention outside the region. The fact that visits like these have become routine in Asia is itself a noteworthy development. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia's Solar Expansion

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The race to install solar power has entered a new phase in Australia. This week, the country’s first utility-scale solar farm started supplying electricity to customers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. Money Team Makes Historic Trip to Asia

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A pair of top U.S. officials are making history in India this week. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are in the country’s business capital of Mumbai today. It’s part of a travel schedule that takes the two across the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Bali Builds Hotels Despite Moratorium

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Tourism numbers in Hawaii continue to be relatively strong. While hotel occupancy numbers are off their summer peaks, in many areas the drop has been less severe than usual. But on the Indonesian island of Bali, hotels are facing a different kind of challenge. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Solar Flares as Trade Issue

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It’s been a week of arguments about solar energy. Not so much in the presidential campaign, but at the International Trade Commission in Washington. That’s where some U.S. companies are making the case that China is unfairly subsidizing its solar industry. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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