Asia-Pacific News Highlights Feb. 18-24

This week’s articles cover Japan’s struggling export model, fine whiskey, income inequality in China,
concerning military buildups in the Asia-Pacific, and China’s new claim to fame.

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From Reuters – Japan had enjoyed a favorable trade surplus for much of the last few decades. With the
economy still floundering, this seems to be changing.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/uk-japan-economy-idUKBRE91C1LX20130220

From Forbes – When people think fine whiskey, they may think Ireland, Canada, or the southern United

States. Think again, Japan is hot on their heels!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2013/02/20/single-malt-whiskey-from-japan-the-next-big-
thing/

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From The Diplomat – China has launched a massive campaign to tackle income inequality and bridge the
rural-urban divide that has emerged since Reform and Opening was implemented.

http://thediplomat.com/china-power/no-farmer-left-behind-in-china/

From Russia Today – Without much fanfare, China has surpass the United States as the world’s largest
trader of goods. The US has held this position for the past six decades.

http://rt.com/business/china-us-largest-trading-country-908/

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From The Diplomat – A frightening, yet comforting, article drawing parallels between military buildups in
Europe in the 1910’s and modern day Asia.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/15/what-arms-race-why-asia-isnt-europe-1913/

Lucas Hudson

Luke_HudsonLucas Hudson is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish from the University of Oregon. During his studies, he lived in Valdivia, Chile, studying Spanish language and Latin American history. After graduation, Luke has spent his time traveling extensively throughout South America and working as a banker and accountant for local Portland businesses. He is interested in using his business experience and language skills to find a career that will allow him build relations between Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.

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