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‘Accidental wars’ feared as Asia engages in new arms race – RT

Asian nations are racing to bolster their militaries amid rising regional tensions. While their defense budgets are still nowhere near that of the US, a lack of conflict-prevention mechanisms could cause unintended conflicts, a think tank has said. East Asian militaries do not appear to be affected by the global economic slowdown, which goes against […]

Goldman southeast Asia co-head in US move – Financial Times

March 15, 2013 4:39 pm By Paul J Davies in Hong Kong Goldman southeast Asia co-head in US move – Financial Times}

Asia’s Week: The Bluster Blows From the North – Forbes

Asia’s Week: The Bluster Blows From the North – Forbes

North Korea: A Paper Tiger Threatens the Peace Doug Bandow Contributor It’s Time To End Japan’s Defense Dependence On The United States Doug Bandow Contributor Calling in for orders from Gen. Kim? (Getty Images via @daylife) The action switched back to North Asia this week, and it wasn’t centered on the release of the Samsung […]

Japan seeks to join Asia-Pacific trade pact – Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Japan intends to join the talks for an ambitious free-trade pact with the U.S. and 10 other countries, raising the economic stakes of the negotiations but also potentially delaying agreement as American and Japanese interests tangle over protecting their respective car and farm markets. The decision, announced Friday by Japanese Prime Minister […]

Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In … – TechCrunch

Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In … – TechCrunch

Jungle Ventures, a VC in Singapore, has added Alon Sobol as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR). Sobol was up till last year head of mobile partnerships for Facebook in Asia, and has been an advisor for Asian startups, Mobikon and Viki, in the past year. In Jungle Ventures, he will mentor the VC’s existing portfolio companies in […]

US Treasury Official Traveling to Asia for Iran, North Korea Sanctions – Wall Street Journal (blog)

A senior U.S. Treasury official will travel to Asia next week to drum up support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea. US Treasury Official Traveling to Asia for Iran, North Korea Sanctions – Wall Street Journal (blog)}

‘Accidental wars’ feared as Asia engages in new arms race – RT

Asian nations are racing to bolster their militaries amid rising regional tensions. While their defense budgets are still nowhere near that of the US, a lack of conflict-prevention mechanisms could cause unintended conflicts, a think tank has said. East Asian militaries do not appear to be affected by the global economic slowdown, which goes against […]

Asia’s Mojo Keeps on Working – PBS NewsHour (blog)

Asia’s Mojo Keeps on Working – PBS NewsHour (blog)

By: Michael D. Mosettig Shoppers in the Paragon mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images. No matter how many Washington think tank conferences one covers, all their accumulated wisdom is no substitute for going to the countries they are talking about. In that spirit, I am back from a month in Asia — […]

Asia Week New York Art Shows Take Over Upper East Side – New York Times

What’s below is just a sampling, based on works that could be seen early this week; a more comprehensive list is at asiaweekny.com and jada-ny.org and in free guides that can be picked up along the way. China Ceramics of the Song dynasty (960-1279) are a theme of this year’s Asia Week offerings. J. J. […]

Man Asia Book Prize Winner Announced: Tan Twan Eng’s ‘The Garden Of … – Huffington Post

HONG KONG — Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng’s novel “The Garden of Evening Mists” has won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Tan’s novel is set in the traumatic aftermath of Japan’s wartime occupation of Malaya, now known as Malaysia. It tells the story of a young law school graduate who is the sole survivor […]