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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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Times Asi / Flickr Commons

  A week from today, China will host a huge international gathering.  The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the date Japan signed the formal surrender ending the Second World War.  But this year’s anniversary in Beijing also carries some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

China’s government says thirty heads of state will be in Beijing next week for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.  Or as the state media call it, the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.”

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China devalued its currency Tuesday, driving it to its biggest one-day drop in more than twenty years. The move took global currency markets by surprise. But what does it mean for the rest of the region? HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

A weaker currency makes a country’s exports cheaper while boosting the price of imports.

That’s the way the economics work. The politics are more complicated. Especially when it comes to China.

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CGP Grey / Flickr

China is starting to assemble what will be the world’s largest radio telescope.  The work won’t be completed until next year, and it’s part of the country’s ambitious agenda in space. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The business of computer games has topped ninety-billion dollars a year around the world….and it continues to grow. That’s according to an estimate by a company called Newzoo. But one place where computer console games have not caught on is China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The money troubles of Greece are dominating business news headlines around the world. They’re also the primary focus for many financial markets. But in Asia, there’s one notable exception. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Shanghai Composite Index closed trading Monday in bear market territory.

That means its fallen twenty percent from its peak—which it reached only on June 12th.

Even a surprise weekend rate cut by China’s central bank didn’t help.

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Wikimedia Commons

A corporate giant has agreed to settle charges in China’s largest public interest lawsuit. The case involves China’s biggest energy company and the country’s worst oil spill. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The China National Petroleum Corporation is the country’s largest producer and supplier of oil and natural gas.

Five years ago, two of the company’s pipelines exploded—spilling an estimated 15-hundred tons of crude oil into waters around the northeastern port of Dalian.

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TruTourism / Flickr

Hawai‘i lawmakers and electricity producers are looking at a variety of options when it comes to renewable energy sources. That includes the ocean, using the power of waves.  An ocean power project off the coast of Wales is moving ahead, built by a Chinese company. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia / Flickr

This was a busy week for Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. Japan’s “Golden Week” holidays made up the first part of the week, and as summer approaches, overall visitor numbers are likely to increase. When it comes to Chinese travelers, one location in South Korea has turned into an unlikely tourist destination. HPR’s bill Dorman has that story in today’s Asia Minute.

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China’s government is continuing a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption and vice. The anti-corruption drive is largely focused on government officials. But the pursuit of vice has led to some unusual targets. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Banalities / Flickr

China is playing a growing role in Hawai‘i’s economy, although it’s still a relatively small one. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is targeting half-a-million Chinese visitors within the next five years. That would be more than triple last year’s figures. But those numbers are dwarfed by the investments China is announcing this week in South Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Marko Kudjerski / Flickr

 

 The Segway has become a popular way for tourists to navigate parts of Hawai‘i. From Waikīkī to Lahaina, to off-road adventures on the Big Island, you can rent Segways as part of your travel plans. But the ownership of the company had a surprising change this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Double Trouble in China

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China’s trade figures tumbled unexpectedly last month. The surprise means that conditions in the world’s second largest economy will come under even closer scrutiny later this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Robert Scoble Via Flickr Commons

Visitor arrivals to Hawai‘i rose slightly last month, up a little more than 2% compared to a year earlier. Visitor spending fell by a little more than 4%. One group with higher numbers: the Chinese. And that’s a trend that’s growing elsewhere around the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dcmaster

You may know about the rules about dancing on Maui. If you’re moving to the music at a bar, it could get you into trouble if you’re not on a dance floor. In China, a different kind of dance controversy has erupted. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week, Honolulu was named one of the top cities in the country for electric vehicles. That determination came from the electric vehicle infrastructure company ChargePoint. But according to a laboratory director in California, China is on track to overtake the United States as the top county for electric vehicles, possibly as soon as this year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Lunar New Year Babies

Feb 19, 2015
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  Happy Year of the Sheep! This is the first day of the lunar New Year—celebrated not only in China, but also in Singapore, Vietnam, Korea and other Asia Pacific locations. But in addition to various celebrations, the approach of the New Year has meant something else. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The most popular smartphone in China is a brand that may be new to you. A new report says the company beat out Samsung, Apple, and every other smart phone maker when it comes to sales in the world’s most populous country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s word this week of new round of competition for Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. One destination has long been a rival when it comes to travelers from the west coast of the mainland. But now tourist officials there are pursuing another market: China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Next month will mark a year since Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared from radar screens on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There have been less catastrophic airplane incidents since then, from stuck landing gear to cases of air rage.  There have also been a surprising number of cases of other unusual behavior especially in China.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.enghunan.gov.cn

 The lunar New Year is coming up a week from Thursday. And while there will be lots of local celebrations across the islands, a couple of American beverage companies are using the occasion to try a new sales gimmick. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i’s tourism industry cheered late last year when The United States and China agreed to ease visa rules. New figures out this week show that demand from Chinese visitors has been strong—and the islands may see some lingering benefits. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The University of Hawai‘i may get some attention from the state legislature during this session. But whatever issues the university may face, the challenges are on a very different level than higher education in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One trend of Hawaii’s tourism industry over past year has been a growing number of visitors from China. While the numbers are still small compared to Japan, they’re increasing. And China’s government is taking a new step that may improve the travel experience for all parties concerned. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Forecasters say the vog that has settled over much of the islands may linger through at least part of the weekend. And while local residents may complain about the lack of trade winds, it’s lucky we don’t live in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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If movie watching has been on your holiday list of things to do, you’re not alone. In China, movies have become a multi-billion dollar industry. This year, box office sales have been climbing, but may fall short of industry targets. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Christmas Day brings different traditions to people around the islands. And it carries various meanings overseas, including in one surprising location in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Taxpayers on Oahu are still absorbing the news that cost of the rail project is likely to rise by more than half a billion dollars. On the other side of the world, a different kind of rail project is taking shape. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ten commercial ports around the Hawaiian Islands handle millions of tons of cargo each year.  While container ships are a familiar sight for many residents, those vessels are dwarfed by a new entry on the world market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Honolulu’s rail system is still a couple of years away from opening its first section. But another multi-billion dollar train deal overseas is making local headlines in two countries.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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