Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Asia’s Expanding Airports

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Major airlines are adding routes to Hawaii this summer. Already Hawaiian Airlines has begun service to New York and United is flying to and from Washington D.C. Other flights have been added from the west coast to the islands. Flights to Hawaii are also slowly growing from China, where the government is building airports at an ambitious pace.

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Challenging Nine Million Asian Students

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While Hawaii residents are enjoying the King Kamehameha holiday today, in China it’s a day of recovery for many high school students. They just wrapped up the two-day national university exam. It’s a grueling experience, and the results can have a big impact on a student’s future. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asian Economies Cutting Interest Rates

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If you’ve refinanced your mortgage lately, you’re not alone. Declining mortgage rates are keeping many Hawaii banks busy with re-financings. When it comes to broader interest rates, there hasn’t been any recent movement in the United States, but in Asia it’s another story. And HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

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Senior Philippine Delegation Hits Washington

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Senator Daniel Inouye is hosting a reception today in Washington for the president of the Philippines. Tomorrow, President Benigno Aquino will meet with President Obama at the White House, and the two leaders have a number of items on the agenda. HPR’s Bill Dorman has a preview in today’s Asia Minute.

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China Choking on Definition of Clean Air

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Clean air is one of Hawaii’s great natural resources. On the other end of the scale, the air quality in China’s capital city can range from unpleasant to unhealthy. Now the Chinese government wants the U.S. embassy to stop circulating information about the extent of air pollution in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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