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  A labor dispute at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for some leading American brands has stretched to nearly two weeks. A strike at the facility has disrupted business, and is drawing increased international attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A cargo ship belonging to a Japanese company has wound up in the middle of a dispute between Japan and China. A court in Shanghai has ruled the Chinese government can seize the ship because of a debt that pre-dates the second world war. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by pollution. Late last week, that word came from government officials in Beijing. And reaction is still coming from across the country—even from the state-run media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  China’s economy is slowing down. That official word comes from the Beijing government, but the ripples spread much further. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

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  US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in China for a third day today. He’s on an Asian trip that began with a stop in Hawaii, and has included some friction in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s still too early for March tourism figures for the state…but statistics from February show the number of visitors fell slightly compared to a year earlier, while spending was flat. When it comes to the future of global tourism, a new report confirms much of the growth will come from Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Local residents in a southern Chinese city are protesting the construction of a new chemical plant. It’s the latest case of public anger potentially playing a role in changing plans of the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Cars sales across the country are expected to rise slightly this month compared to a year ago. That word comes from Kelley Blue Book, which did not break out state-wide projections for Hawaii. In China, analysts expect growth in auto sales to be much stronger. And that’s leading to some changing international business plans. HPR’ Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, the incident is having a number of impacts across Asia. One concerns political relations between Malaysia and China. And that is now extending to tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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All this week, Hawaii Public Radio is presenting a series we call “Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion.” While the United States has been on the front end of research and development of genetically modified crops, other countries have taken different paths. And when it comes to China, that path has gone in more than one direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains.

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  This is a busy week for Chinese politics. The National Peoples Congress began its annual meeting Wednesday, and the proceedings will continue into next week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on what that means in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The air in northern China has been at unhealthy levels for a week. Part of the problem is seasonal—in cold weather, more coal is burned, and that adds to the air pollution. But the timing also has a political edge. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When you hear stories about pollution in China these days, the focus is usually air. But water pollution is another staggering problem for the Chinese government which is also starting to get closer attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  China’s latest project in space exploration has been having some problems. Millions are following the status of the country’s lunar rover, known as “The Jade Rabbit.” HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Over the last two weeks, a technology company in Asia has gone on a corporate spending spree. The Beijing-based company has spent five-billion dollars buying some familiar American names. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   China and Taiwan may be inching closer in their political relations. Developments this week point to a key meeting coming up in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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We’re still two weeks away from the Year of the Horse, but preparations for the lunar new year are already underway in China. The government tracks a forty-day travel period surrounding the holiday…and that started this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  We’re now nine days into the New Year…and that means nine days into tighter restrictions on outdoor smoking on Oahu. It’s now illegal to smoke at all beaches, parks and pools on the island…and within 20 feet of bus stops. The rules are still a lot looser in China…but it looks like that will be changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’ve been feeling out of sorts the last few days, maybe you can blame the vog. Researchers in China are now doing work to see whether there’s a link between cloudy skies and mental health. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When Hawaii’s legislature starts its new session next month, genetically engineered crops are likely to be on the agenda in some way. While individual counties have weighed in on policies surrounding GMO’s, there has not yet been a state-wide approach. In recent weeks, GMO corn has become an issue for U-S exports to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the end of year holiday season approaches in China, government officials have been urging people to be frugal in their celebrations. Now that approach has extended to another area: funerals. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Japan is increasing its defense spending. That’s not a real surprise—but the government has announced details of a five-year plan…getting an immediate response from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   If you’re planning for the holiday season, fireworks may be part of your celebrations as we get closer to the New Year. In a dramatic change, fireworks may NOT be a part of those festivities in China. It all depends on the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Plans for the celebration of the Chinese New Year are already underway from Hilo to Kahului. Next year is the year of the Horse, according to the Chinese zodiac. And while the date itself isn’t until the end of January, officials in Beijing are already setting some rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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General Motors is driving its global strategy in a slightly different direction. The company has announced it’s moving its international headquarters out of China…but not out of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Retail stores in Hawaii and across the U.S. are looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Online retailers hope for strong follow-up sales on the so-called “Cyber Monday” that follows. But in China, this week has already kicked off with a dramatic day of sales. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s word this week of a looming wine shortage in the world. That’s according to a report from Morgan Stanley—and part of the story behind the report centers on Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The impacts of the government shutdown are still being felt around the islands. One area that was hurt was research using the radio telescopes atop Mauna Kea. Elsewhere in the world of science, an important conference was disrupted—involving scientists from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The trade winds have dropped off a bit this week, and that’s brought muggier weather to the islands. On most days, the trades are one factor that helps keep Hawaii’s air clean. It’s a very different story for cities in emerging Asia—and one in particular is taking new steps to try to clear the air. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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School’s been back in session around the islands since August. But in China, hundreds of thousands of JOURNALISTS are about to go through some further educational training…whether they want to or not. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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