U.N. Stiffens Sanctions on North Korea, Trying to Slow Its Nuclear March

Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, in an undated photograph issued by his government’s Korean Central News Agency on Nov. 11. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS — In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency.

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Aussie schoolboys recreate price-gouged HIV medicine

AFP-JIJI Japan Times Dec 1, 2016

A group of Australian schoolchildren working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager.

U.S. drug company chief Martin Shkreli became a global figure of hate after buying the rights to Daraprim and then raising the price in the United States from $13.50 a tablet to $750. Continue reading “Aussie schoolboys recreate price-gouged HIV medicine”

Rural Cambodia uses guppy to fight dengue

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In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, which causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever.

More than 3,000 households in Kampong Cham province, which has one of the highest dengue rates in Cambodia, have been given colorful guppy fish to breed in barrels of water that villagers keep close to their homes for cleaning and cooking.

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Asia-Pacific saw steady growth in 2016, but risks to financial stability remain – UN report

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Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Shamshad Akhtar. Photo: ESCAP

1 December 2016 – Issuing a year-end update to its flagship economic and social development report, the United Nations development arm for the Asia-Pacific region said today that resilient domestic demand and policy support supported the region notch a steady growth rate of five per cent but warned that risks remain to financial stability. Continue reading “Asia-Pacific saw steady growth in 2016, but risks to financial stability remain – UN report”

India, China, Russia consult on Asia Pacific; get Philippines backing

Bangkok | Fri, December 2, 2016 | 01:31 pm

India, China, Russia consult on Asia Pacific; get Philippines backing A woman walks past a billboard featuring an image of an island in South China Sea on display with Chinese words that read: “South China Sea, our beautiful motherland, we won’t let go an inch” in Weifang in east China’s Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP/-)

Countries of the Asia-Pacific Region

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Countries of the Asia-Pacific Region Include:

Australia Flag Australia Japan Flag Japan Palau Flag Palau
Bangladesh Kiribati Flag Kiribati Papua New Guinea Flag Papua
New Guinea
Bhutan Laos Flag Laos Peru Flag Peru
Brunei Malaysia Flag Malaysia Philippines Flag Philippines
Myanmar Flag Burma (Myanmar) Maldives Flag Maldives Russian Flag Russia
Cambodia Flag Cambodia Marshall Islands Flag Marshall Islands Samoa Flag Samoa
Canada Micronesia Flag Micronesia Singapore Flag Singapore
China Flag China Mongolia Flag Mongolia Solomon Islands Flag Solomon Islands
Chile Flag Chile Nauru Flag Nauru South Korea Flag South Korea
Cook Island Flag Cook Islands Nepal Flag Nepal Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka
Fiji Flag Fiji New Zealand Flag New Zealand Thailand Flag Thailand
French Polynesia Flag French Polynesia** New Caledonia Flag New Caledonia** Timor-Leste Flag Timor-Leste
Indian Flag India Niue Flag Niue Tonga Flag Tonga
Indonesia Flag Indonesia North Korea flag North Korea * Tuvalu Flag Tuvalu
Pakistan Flag Pakistan Vanuatu Flag Vanuatu
Vietnam Flag Vietnam
U. S. Flag United States

* currently not eligible for invitation per U.S. State Department

** Territories of France

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense institution providing a forum where current and future, military and civilian leaders from many Asia-Pacific nations gather to enhance Asia-Pacific security cooperation through programs of executive education, professional exchange and policy-relevant research.

Above is a listing of countries that are generally defined as the “Indo-Asia-Pacific” region and most are routinely invited to APCSS courses.

Other links to definitions of the Asia-Pacific Region:

CSIS – ChinaPower November 2016 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2016 | CHINAPOWER NEWSLETTER

China Power Project

It is our pleasure to send you the November edition of the ChinaPower Newsletter, the monthly newsletter of the CSIS China Power Project. The China Power Project centers on ChinaPower–a website that provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The ChinaPower Newsletter highlights the new and updated content on the website, as well as featured events and publications. We hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of the work we are doing to help our users better understand the complexity of China’s rise. Continue reading “CSIS – ChinaPower November 2016 Newsletter”

China’s Power: Up for Debate

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The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, ChinaPower hosted its inaugural conference on November 29, 2016. The conference featured a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power. The audience was polled for their opinion both before and after each debate. Polling results, debate descriptions, and conference video are posted below.

Opening Panel: Current trends in Chinese power and their implications for regional security.

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Mời tham dự buổi thảo luận: Tương lai của Du Học Sinh trong sự phát triển Việt Nam

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Chị Kiều Linh là khách mời trong buổi thảo luận: Tương lai của Du Học Sinh trong sự phát triển Việt Nam do CVD tổ chức.

Chị Kiều Linh là Giáo sư Đại học UC Davis tại Mỹ, là chuyên gia nghiên cứu về người Mỹ gốc châu Á và dành nhiều thời gian nghiên cứu về mối quan hệ giữa Việt Nam và cộng đồng Việt kiều.

CVD rất vui khi đón tiếp các bạn tại Hà Nội. Continue reading “Mời tham dự buổi thảo luận: Tương lai của Du Học Sinh trong sự phát triển Việt Nam”