Asia-Pacific News Highlights May 19-25

AA040001MIM student Luke Hudson brings us a roundup of recent news from the Asia-Pacific region. This week’s articles include a special 4-part video report on China, efforts to curb corruption in China, rising optimism in Japan, water rights in SE Asia, and young Cambodians opting to learn Mandarin instead of English.

From Aljazeera – A special 4-part video report on China’s recent rise and what this will mean in the future for the rest of the world.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2013/05/20135113835681245.html

From The Economist – Officials in China have been attempting to tackle their immense problem of corruption. Critics are unsure if they will be able to do this without reforming politically.
http://www.economist.com/news/china/21578065-officials-try-rein-corruption-without-undertaking-political-reform-checked-and-balanced

From Bloomberg – A recent worldwide survey shows growing optimism in regards to Japan’s economy and Prime Minister Abe recent reforms.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/japan-becomes-most-favored-nation-in-poll-showing-abe-optimism.html

From The Diplomat – Water security is already a problem in SE Asia and the problem is set to get worse in the near future. ASEAN leaders are meeting to find solutions.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/05/22/water-the-great-regional-threat/

Also from The Diplomat – Unlike the rest of SE Asia, young Cambodians have been studying Mandarin as a second language. English has traditionally been the dominant second language across the region.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/05/22/learning-chinese-on-the-rise-in-cambodia/

 

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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