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Access to the internet is censored in China…but more people are logging on.  The government released figures this week that show that China remains home to the biggest number of internet users in the world.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Some 710 million Chinese now use the internet.  For a little perspective, that’s more than double the entire population of the United States.  That’s according to China’s government…which for these purposes defines an internet user as anyone who has gone online at least once in the past six months.

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Tropical Storm Darby is gone, but humid weather lingers across much of the state. Teams are also cleaning up after some extensive flooding. Recent floods in China have been much more destructive—and apparently have led to a crackdown on the news media. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute. 

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The Republican convention wraps up later today in Cleveland. And while much of the focus has been on speeches and domestic issues, the Republican Party Platform has a lot to say about China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Political conventions often highlight personalities over platforms…but when it comes to Republicans and China, there’s a notable shift in the platform.

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Hawai‘i is one of the most aggressive states when it comes to restricting smoking. Earlier this year, Hawai‘i became the first state to raise the smoking age to 21, and smoking at beaches and other parks has been banned in recent years. But in one growing Asian nation, efforts to cut back on smoking are going the other way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The World Health Organization is concerned China may be backsliding in its campaign against tobacco use. The country’s latest five-year plan called for a complete ban on smoking in public places.

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The latest dispute between the United States and China could be a topic of discussion in Hawai‘i this week. The meeting is a regularly-scheduled event focusing on maritime safety, but it follows a potentially dangerous encounter last week in the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The U.S. Defense Department says two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane on “routine patrol” last Tuesday.

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Yesterday, an American destroyer delivered another challenge to Chinese claims in the South China Sea.  USS William P Lawrence sailed within 12 miles of Fiery Cross Reef, where Chinese engineers have created a 700 acre artificial island over the last year and a half.  More, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

It’s been nearly three years since Edward Snowden revealed the extent of certain U.S. intelligence gathering efforts around the world. Since that time, one focus of espionage has been on telephone and computer surveillance. But this month in China, there’s a different focus. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The so-called “Panama Papers” have sparked a series of reactions around the world. The disclosure of financial transactions linked to a Panamanian law firm includes a wide range of political and business leaders. And some of the most explosive ties involve China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Coral Reef Dredging; History of Pacific Nuclear Testing; Public-Private Partnership on Homelessness; Development in Waikiki; Jane Hirshfield Poetry 

Coral Reef Dredging in the South China Sea: Professor Camilo Mora

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A rap video featuring President Xi Jinping is soaring to the top of the charts in China.  It's called "The Reform Group Is Two Years Old" - and samples the anti-corruption speeches of "Big Daddy Xi."  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, it's just the latest sign of a growing cult of personality.

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China’s slowing economy has raised concerns about everything from tourists visiting Hawai‘i to economic growth in Australia. And now there’s another impact: on the global art market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the three big state media outlets in Beijing to demand absolute loyalty to the Communist party.  He delivered that message to China Central Television, the People's Daily newspaper and the Xinhua news agency.  But this week it became clear that the party won't tolerate dissent on new media either.  We have more, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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The search for extra-terrestrial life is forcing thousands of earthlings to move. The developments are taking place in southwestern China—and HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

China is building the world’s largest radio telescope—and plans to have it fully operational later this year.  Just this week, officials announced that as part of the plans, more than 9,000 people are going to have to move.

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The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative says wind power is one of the “most viable” options for the state when it comes to renewable energy. It’s also a growing source of electricity in China. And new figures out this week shows the pace of adoption is picking up there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

About a third of the world’s wind power is online in China….which has now blown past the European Union as the leading region for this energy source.  17% of the globe’s wind power capacity is installed in the United States…about 10% is in Germany.

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While China’s stock market has been volatile lately, this has been a week of big business deals involving Chinese financing.  Buy-outs involving two California companies in very different lines of business underline the growing appetite for corporate acquisitions.  There’s a multi-billion dollar cash agreement for a Hollywood production company and a much smaller deal involving  a gay dating app. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Three trading days into the New Year, financial markets around the world remain uncertain. And a lot of that nervousness begins with China. Part of it relates to the economy, but it’s also uncertainty about what the government will do when it comes to the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Transparency has never been a particular strength of China’s stock market.  Investors at home and abroad know the government plays a role in the market, but the extent is a moving target and not always clear.  This week is a good example.

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2015 was a record year at the movies. In the United States, box office sales topped 11-billion dollars. And it was also a record-setting year in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a statistic any business would like: annual growth of 49%.  That’s what happened to ticket sales for movies in China during 2015.  Government figures released Thursday show box office receipts of nearly 7-billion dollars last year - up from about one and a half billion dollars just five years ago.

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The latest big investor in local commercial real estate is a Chinese company. Developer Jeff Stone says China Oceanwide Holdings paid 200-million dollars to buy two Ko Olina Resort beachfront parcels. The Star Advertiser first reported the deal—adding that the company plans to make a billion-dollar investment on the site. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the company in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you saw a movie over the weekend, you’re already part of one of Hollywood’s most important seasons.  The period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend is critical for box office performance. But this year, there’s a twist from overseas.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s a big season for Hollywood…and part of the news is coming from China.  Last week, movie ticket sales in China swept past a milestone: 40-billion yuan… with several weeks to go in the year.

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State media in China reported positively on this weekend's historic meeting between the Presidents of China and Taiwan - the first such summit since 1949.  Reaction on Taiwan was mixed, particularly on a sore subject: Chinese missiles.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Asked about the multitude of ballistic missiles on China's side of the Taiwan Strait - President Xi Jinping replied “the missiles weren't aimed at Taiwan,” a claim that might be charitably described as a diplomatic fiction.

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There’s been a lot of publicity about a meeting this weekend between the leaders of Taiwan and mainland China.  That meeting takes place in Singapore on Saturday.  But there’s been a bit less publicity about another stop the China’s leader is making before that.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It's been a week since the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen challenged China's claims in the South China Sea.  We've learned a bit more about that mission since, and about a new development, that could shift this controversy from international waters, to an international court.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Over the past few days, the US Navy has displayed its power from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean, sending aircraft carrier battle groups to exercise with its allies in Tokyo Bay and the Bay of Bengal.  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute - the demonstrations come amid widespread expectation of a patrol to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

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If you’re a sports fan, you know that it’s playoff season for Major League Baseball.  It’s also prime time for the National Football League, and pre-season for professional basketball and hockey teams.  But there’s a contest taking place in China that you might have missed. HPR’s Bill Dorman tells us about it in today’s Asia Minute.

So here’s a sport of sorts that’s not likely to make the Olympics: Staring.

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When he was in The US last week, Chinese President Xi Jing Ping cited an Ancient Greek historian to argue that conflict with the United States is not inevitable - at the same time, China completed an air field on its new headquarters in the South China Sea.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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If you’ve been listening to the radio, watching television, or reading newspapers this week, you’ve probably come across a lot of coverage about the Pope’s travels in the United States. But you may have heard a lot less about the President of China—who arrived the same day. HPR’s Bill Dorman fills you in on some details in today’s Asia Minute.

Xi Jinping’s first big event in America was a policy speech, which got a lot of coverage...in Asia.

Xi ruled out a short-term currency devaluation saying, “there is no basis for continuous depreciation.”

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China’s President is in Washington State today and the Prime Minister of India will be in New York tomorrow.  But the leaders of both countries got some troubling news this week from the Asian Development Bank—which says growth in Asia’s two most populous countries continues to slow. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The 7% solution may not be working for China’s economy.

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The next two weeks will see an unusual trio of visitors to the United States. The heads of state of the world’s two most populous nations and the Pope are all coming to America. And the visitors from Asia will include stops on the west coast. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

Late September is a popular time for international leaders to visit the United States.

It’s not about the weather, it’s because of the United Nations.

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The head of China’s tourism association has started a new campaign to attract travelers.  The strategy is targeted at some of the country’s most scenic spots, with a very basic goal.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute. 

“Infrastructure.”

That phrase can cover a variety of systems.  For the tourism industry, it can include hotel rooms and airplane seats - making sure supply is sufficient to meet demand.  And there’s the issue of lines---if visitors have to wait in lines, it can try their patience and detract from their travel experience.

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In two weeks, China’s president will be in the United States.  His precise travel itinerary has not yet been announced, but that’s likely to become clearer in coming days.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s not official, but it’s looking like Chinese President Xi Jinping will bookend his trip to the United States by meeting business leaders in Seattle and talking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  In between, he’ll meet with President Obama in Washington and attend a state dinner.

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