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The deputy head of China's Central Military Commission is on a visit to the U.S. Fan Changlong's stops include Naval Air Station  North Island in San Diego, the aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan, and, tomorrow, the Pentagon, where he meets with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Rising tensions in the South China Sea will likely top the agenda, as we hear from Neal Conan today's Pacific News Minute.

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What’s more important to you—your health or your child’s education? That’s one of the questions that a credit card company recently asked several thousand wealthy people in Asia. And the results varied depending on the country involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The official start of the hurricane season for the Central Pacific is two weeks from today. Forecasters expect the El Nino effect to bring another active storm season to Hawai‘i. But elsewhere in the Pacific, there are other concerns. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The latest rivalry between the United States and China doesn’t focus on trade, or military strategy, or even intellectual copyrights. It’s all about finance. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nearly 1/3 of students at Hawai‘i Pacific University come from overseas. Both HPU and the University of Hawai‘i recruit students from other countries, including China. But when it comes to American students taking courses in China, the numbers are actually dropping. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

East Asian Spring

Mar 2, 2015
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The National Weather Service says this spring should bring average temperatures to most of the islands…with the possibility of slightly warmer weather in areas around Hilo and Kahului.  In South Korea, forecasters expect spring to arrive a bit earlier than last year keeping with a trend of recent years. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Fans of NASCAR and professional soccer are used to seeing corporate logos splashed all over uniforms. But a deal announced this week is taking the economics to a new level…and an expensive competition among Asian companies. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia’s Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2015
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 NFL fans in Hawai‘i are used to getting up early for games during the season. And while this weekend’s Super Bowl is an evening event on the east coast, it’s an afternoon activity here in the islands.  But in Asia, the time zones put an entirely different spin on the game. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains  in today’s Asia minute.

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  2014 was another strong year for auto sales across the islands. But in 2015, American consumers will have their first opportunity to buy a car made in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The Hawaii County Council faces another decision this week about genetically modified crops.  The Council will decide whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that invalidated a ban on open-air cultivation of GMO crops.  That finding said that state law pre-empts any county legislation on the issue.  There may be another development this week involving GMO crops and China.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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The group Transparency International is out with its annual Corruption Perceptions Index.  The numbers show some changes around the Asia Pacific, including a worsening situation in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  President Obama’s travels in Asia this week have brought progress on several trade deals. That includes an agreement with India that breaks a deadlock at the World Trade Organization. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

  President Obama continues his Asian travels this week. Today he’s in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma. You’ll hear details on his meetings throughout the day’s news, but HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a look behind some of the events in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Following a tough mid-term election, President Obama will be heading to Asia next week. It’s an extensive itinerary that begins in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While this is election day in the United States, many parts of Asia have already been through the democratic process this year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While the continuing ebola story is focused on the nations of West Africa, the entire world is paying close attention to developments. And that includes Asia, where the World Health Organization is having a regional meeting this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The economies of East Asia should close out 2014 with another year of solid growth, although activity is slowing down. That’s the word from the World Bank, which has updated its economic forecast for this year and next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Street demonstrations are continuing in Hong Kong, with tens of thousands of people in the streets. While the protests continue, their size and scale have not been seen in the city for several decades. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States this week. It’s his first visit since winning election as India’s political leader in May. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Narendra Modi’s trip to the United States has some unusual elements for a political visit. Yesterday, he spoke to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, using a rotating stage and a live video hookup in Times Square--with English subtitles. He’s in Washington today, where he’ll have a lunch meeting with Vice President Biden and a working dinner with President Obama.

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The latest figures from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority show that visitor spending and arrivals are both up slightly from a year ago. But when it comes to the Asia Pacific tourism market, Hawai‘i faces increasing competition. And some of it is coming from an unexpected place. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta has never really been a tourist hub.

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India has broken through to a new level in its space program. This week, the country successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It took almost a year for the Indian satellite to reach orbit around Mars. Only the Americans, the Russians and the Europeans have previously reached the red planet. In fact, earlier this week, the latest U.S. satellite, called “Maven,” also made it into a Mars orbit.

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If you’re starting your morning with a cup of coffee, you have a lot of company in South Korea. In fact, according to a new report, residents there are drinking so much coffee it’s become more popular than rice. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Fall classes have been underway at the University of Hawai‘i for nearly a month. But in Hong Kong, thousands of students are boycotting classes. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains why in today’s Asia Minute.

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A tropical storm moving north in Asia is leaving a trail of destruction. Tropical Storm Fung-Wong has already killed more than a dozen people…and forced thousands more from their homes. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Depending on where you live in the islands, local threats of nature can range from lava flows to tropical storms. Another force of nature to be considered: a tsunami. And that’s a focus this week for two dozen countries in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Farmers and residents in parts of Hawai‘i Island are still calculating the costs of Tropical Storm Iselle. Natural disasters are part of life in many parts of the world. And in parts of Asia, critics say they should be factored into poverty rates. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Each year, Gallup produces a survey that ranks states in terms of the happiness of their residents. Hawai‘i dropped from the top spot in the most recent one, in part because of the high cost of living. When it comes to countries, progress is often measured by growth in the gross domestic product. But in parts of Asia, that’s beginning to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Travelers coming to Hawai‘i from the Asia Pacific have a growing list of airports where they can start their journeys. In fact, according to a recent study, over the next ten years several hundred new airports will be built in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Nearly two dozen countries are taking part in the semi-annual Rim of the Pacific military exercises around Hawaii over the next month. And this year, for the first time those participants include China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Parts of the Hawaiian Islands have had some unseasonable rains this spring. That sort of weather might be welcome in the northeastern part of the Asia Pacific. In recent days, that region has been baking under unusual heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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