Asia Pacific News Update 9/30 – 10/6

Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation_nationsThis week’s articles focus on strengthening military ties between Japan and the US, the World Toilet Summit being held in Indonesia, the “Silicon Valley’s” of Latin America, China’s booming recycling industry, and Lego’s expansion into the Chinese market.

From the New York Times – Japan and the United States have cooperated militarily since the end of WW2. It appears this trend will continue for years to come.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/world/asia/japan-and-us-agree-to-broaden-military-alliance.html?_r=0

From the Diplomat – With over 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to toilets or a functioning sewer system, world leaders began discussions yesterday to discuss this growing problem. 

http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/10/03/indonesia-opens-the-lid-on-world-toilet-summit/

From Venture Beat – Latin American, in recent years, has become a hub for promising tech start-ups. Three governments (Chile, Colombia, and Brazil) are at the forefront of attracting innovative entrepreneurs. 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/29/the-silicon-valleys-of-latin-america-a-tale-of-3-nations/

From ABC News – The world has long sent their garbage to China to be disposed of. In the past, this industry was largely unregulated. Chinese authorities aim to change this amid growing concerns over contaminated waste.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-recycling-cleanup-jolts-global-industry-20453641

From Quartz – Everyone’s favorite childhood toy is looking to expand its operations in China. China has long been a haven of knock-off and imitation Lego play sets. 

http://qz.com/131355/lego-looks-to-expand-in-china-the-land-of-lego-knock-offs/

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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