Asia Minute

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Community meetings about dengue fever are being held this week on Hawai‘i Island. Officials will answer questions and provide updates Tuesday at 12:30 in Captain Cook at Yano Hall and Thursday at 11:30am in Hilo, at the State Office Building. While the education campaign continues on the Big Island, dengue is also raising concerns in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As you think about your weekend plans on this Aloha Friday, they may include a movie. And while your local options include a number of new releases that have rolled out over the past couple of weeks, they don’t include the latest box office draw from China—which is already setting records in several parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a story.  A billionaire property developer buys up an offshore wildlife reserve and starts killing all the sea life with sonar technology.  Turns out that includes mermaids—and mermen.

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Alfred Grupstra / Flickr

Asia’s largest aviation show is underway this week in Singapore.  The exhibits feature both civilian and military aircraft, and it’s already turned into a busy marketplace.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The search for extra-terrestrial life is forcing thousands of earthlings to move. The developments are taking place in southwestern China—and HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

China is building the world’s largest radio telescope—and plans to have it fully operational later this year.  Just this week, officials announced that as part of the plans, more than 9,000 people are going to have to move.

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Phillip Capper / Flickr

There is growing concern about the safety of a number of smaller airports around the South Pacific. It’s a problem that’s been highlighted by both the World Bank and the International Civil Aviation Organization. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

  2016 has already been an extremely volatile year for global stock markets. That’s raised some questions about economic strength in the Asia Pacific—and particularly in three countries that are crucial for Hawai‘i’s tourism market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Chris Marchant / Flickr

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been continuing all week, after North Korea’s latest satellite launch over the weekend. One area of cooperation has been shut down and now North Korea is threatening to cut its communications hotline with the South. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Three communication tie lines link North and South Korea—one used by the military, one used by United Nations forces in the Demilitarized Zone, and one run by the Red Cross.  Pyongyang last cut communications in 2013…but soon restored them.

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The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative says wind power is one of the “most viable” options for the state when it comes to renewable energy. It’s also a growing source of electricity in China. And new figures out this week shows the pace of adoption is picking up there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

About a third of the world’s wind power is online in China….which has now blown past the European Union as the leading region for this energy source.  17% of the globe’s wind power capacity is installed in the United States…about 10% is in Germany.

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While political analysts are sorting through the results of the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday was a landmark in another presidential election. This one takes place earlier than the one in the United States, but campaigning has started later. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Campaign season is now officially underway in the Philippines, with 90 days until elections in early May and five candidates for president.

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Vinoth Chandar / Flickr

For the first time in more than 15 years, India’s economy is growing faster than China’s.  At least that was the case for 2015; according to government figures released Monday.  But there’s more to this story, and HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

India’s economy grew 7.5% last year…faster than China’s growth rate of 6.9%.  But there’s a cautious reaction in some quarters.  Last year, India’s statistics ministry revised some of its measurements, and skeptical economists say it may overstate the case for growth.

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