Asia-Pacific News Updates April 14-20

April 14th -20th

This week’s articles focus on China’s “new” regional competitor, Malaysia’s bid to become a logistical center in SE Asia, energy exports from the Pacific NW, skills gaps in Canada’s workforce, and China’s revolutionary approach to empire building.

From Bloomberg– As everyone has seemingly written off Japan, China’s recent economic troubles have paved the way for a resurgent Japan.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-11/china-s-unlikely-rival-japan.html

From the New Straits Times – Malaysia is making heavy investments in logistical and transportation in order to take advantage of its unique geographic position in SE Asia.

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-can-be-logistics-gateway-for-asean-syed-hamid-1.258501

petronas towers

From the Economist – Plans to build export hubs in Oregon and Washington to ship coal to Asia are still being debated. Here is an update. The plan includes three hubs along the Columbia River.

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21576401-rancorous-scrap-over-plans-send-american-coal-asia-dirty-war

Columbia River Coal

From Leader Post – Canadian firm s have found that many of its new and young workers do not possess the skills to conduct international trade, hampering productivity and GDP growth.

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/productiveconversations/hidden+skill+deficit+Short+supply/8256973/story.html?__lsa=0ad4-6b56

From the Globalist – In the past, the US has resort to force in order to secure its foreign economic interests. China is taking a much less violent approach that seems to be even more effective.

http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?StoryId=9964

Luke 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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