Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Expats Leaving China's Air Pollution

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Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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IMF Warns of Downside Potential for Asian Capital Flows

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The International Monetary Fund is positive about the economy in a key market for Hawaii’s visitors. The IMF says the Asia Pacific region will grow by nearly six-percent this year, but there are also some cautions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hong Kong's Lingering Port Strike

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A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It’s a dramatic story that pits one of the world’s richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Poses Questions for U.S. Retailers

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Thousands of people in Bangladesh are protesting safety conditions for garment workers in the country. More than 200 people were killed this week when a clothing factory collapsed in the nation’s capital. The protestors’ targets include some western stores. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia's Newest Shopping Spree: Chinese Debt

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Hawaii’s legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances—and that’s likely to continue through this summer. Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt. Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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