Asia

Chicken Fight in China

Aug 5, 2013
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Flickr / naokomc

You may not have realized this, but the United States and China have been battling for years over chicken. It’s a trade dispute that turned a corner late last week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / artist in doing nothing
Flickr / artist in doing nothing

While the debate about genetically modified organisms in crops continues in Hawaii, there’s a new development in Asia. Three export destinations for US wheat have all resumed shipments after an incident involving GMO’s and wheat in Oregon. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / weirdchina
Flickr / weirdchina

The weather around the state has largely cleared since Tropical Storm Flossie blew through earlier in the week. In China, a different kind of weather story is dominating the news: a massive heat wave. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Students Broaden Horizons Abroad

Aug 1, 2013
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Students are heading back to school next week, and many are coming back from places as far as Beijing and Morocco. Thanks to the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, nearly 40 public high school students were given scholarships to travel in the Asia-Pacific region. HPR’s Molly Solomon shares some of their stories from abroad.

How much did you pay for your mobile phone? Whatever the total, chances are that you paid less than you would if you lived in Korea. That’s the home of the most expensive phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / visionshare
Flickr / visionshare

If you’re planning to go online at some point today, you’ll have a lot of company. The latest figures show more than 80% of Americans use the internet. That’s nearly double the rate in China—but China’s figures are growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Credit Flickr / Ian Wilson
Credit Flickr / Ian Wilson

A government investigation in China involves allegations of sex, cash and bribery. It also involves one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies…and many western executives are watching to see what happens next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian forces are taking part in military training exercises for the next two and a half weeks. Most of the drills are off the coast of Australia—but the Navy says some activities will take place in Hawaii. To the north and west, Russia is currently holding much larger military exercises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / nSeika
Flickr / nSeika

More than 60% of people in this country who own cell phones use “smart phones.” That’s according to a survey by the Nielsen Company. But a different kind of survey in South Korea finds that as more people use smart phones, there are some other issues that are also increasing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China Trade Slows

Jul 11, 2013

Hawaii’s exports to China totaled about $77,000,000 last year. That’s not a lot in terms of global trade, but according to the U.S. China Business Council, it does make the country Hawaii’s third leading export market…following Australia and Japan. As for the broader view of China’s trade picture, it’s been a week of surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The name of the fastest-growing economy in Asia may surprise you. It’s no longer China. The Philippines is Asia’s best-performing economy—and the government says it plans to use that growth to fight poverty. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Dick Thomas Johnson
Flickr / Dick Thomas Johnson

It’s been a volatile week for the world’s financial markets. That’s especially true in Asia—and in the country that’s the most important to Hawaii’s visitor industry: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / 401(K) 2013

How often do you use a credit card? According to a new study, the average American uses a credit card 78 times a year. That’s near the top of the global rankings—but the biggest users of credit cards live in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Carl N San Diego
Flickr / Carl N San Diego

An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / PhillipC

For the first time in nearly thirty years, a New Zealand navy ship will be docking at a U.S. naval facility. The event is scheduled to take place later this week in the Pacific, and marks a continuing evolution in military relations between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Relations with North Korea and much of the rest of the world remain strained. While there haven’t been any new developments since the country’s recent test launch of short range missiles, there are reports North Korea may try a new kind of international outreach. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / im elsewhere
Flickr / im elsewhere

This may be Memorial Day in the United States…but in Japan it’s the beginning of melon season. And it kicked off last week with an eye-popping auction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Summit Week for Myanmar

May 24, 2013
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Flickr / saidkristen

Japan’s Prime Minister is in Myanmar today. The visit comes at the end of a historic week for the southeast Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama will hold his first summit meeting with China’s president next month in California. The meeting comes with a broad agenda for both sides. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / sheilaz413

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said earlier this spring that he does not believe Oahu needs another landfill. The mayor hopes technological advances, including a new H-POWER plant will eliminate the need to add anything beyond the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. But in Hong Kong, waste is a very different story. And Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

One of Apple’s main contractors in China has been making progress when it comes to improving working conditions, but there’s still a lot more to do. That’s the view of a labor monitor appointed by Apple. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are rising between two Asian allies of the United States. And U.S. officials say the escalation is a matter of concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Arctic Ambitions

May 15, 2013
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Flickr / gordontour

If you look out the window anywhere across the islands, the Arctic Circle may feel like a long way away. But at a meeting in Sweden this week, a number of Asian countries are trying to get a bit closer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been nearly three weeks since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh…killing more than 11-hundred people. In the west, clothing companies are beginning to respond, but there are other changes ahead in Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

China is an important growth market for Hawaii’s tourism business. And that means developments concerning the country’s largest airline can be interesting to a wide audience. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Losing the popular vote but winning political power. It’s happened before in the U.S. presidential election, and now it’s happened in a different context in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Part of Hawaii’s energy future may include natural gas. The idea is still under debate, and the outcome is far from clear. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits off the coast of Africa are drawing interest—and investment—from several Asian countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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