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1st ASEAN global dialogue kicks off in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — The first-ever ASEAN global dialogue was held here on Tuesday, focusing discussions on global challenges, particularly economic and financial issues.

The dialogue, held back to back with the 21st ASEAN Summit and related Summit, was attended by the leaders or representatives of East Asia Summit and the heads or representatives of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The high-level forum was initiated by Cambodia, aiming at exchanging views on global challenges and ASEAN role in contributing to solve all issues, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the opening address.

“We hold the meeting while the world has not completely got out of the global financial crisis, so we have to continue facing the uncertainties of economic growth and other issues in the future,” he said.

He added that slow economic growth and weak financial system in some developed countries have caused the global market to face instability and investors are reluctant to release their capitals.

“Despite in this difficulty, to date, ASEAN economies remain resilient,” he said. “However, if the situation of the global economy is still weak, ASEAN will be inevitable from the consequences of the crisis.”

“Therefore, the dialogue is very important to reflect the rising role of ASEAN in interactions to determine economic policies in the region and the world,” said the premier.

Leaders of the 18 countries in the East Asia Summit including the ten-member ASEAN and the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and Russia are gathering here to attend the 7th East Asia Summit, which will be held this Tuesday afternoon.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Samsung bringing super-size smartphone to US…iPhone eats yours’ out

LAS VEGAS – South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced plans Monday to bring its super-size smartphone, the Galaxy Note, which also features a stylus for taking notes, to the United States.

Here comes Galaxy note

With a 5.3 inch (13.46-centimeter) touchscreen, the Galaxy Note is considerably wider than most smartphones on the market today.

Apple’s latest iPhone, the 4S, for example, has a 3.5-inch (8.85-centimeter) display.

In an announcement on the eve of the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung said it will partner with AT&T to sell the Galaxy Note in the United States and it will run on the US telecom carrier’s 4G network.

The Galaxy Note, which Samsung describes as a “new category of smartphone,” went on sale in Asia and Europe in October. Exact pricing and availability for the US market were not announced.

The Galaxy Note comes with a stylus, called the “S pen,” which is housed inside the device and which can be used to write notes on the screen as one would on a piece of paper.

Handwritten notes from the S Pen can also be captured by the device and shared with others.

Samsung is touting the larger, high-resolution screen of the Galaxy Note as superior to standard smartphones for viewing videos, surfing the Web, running applications or reading electronic books.

The Galaxy Note, which is powered by Google’s Android software, also comes with front- and rear-facing cameras.

Asia stops to remember end of World War II…Imperial forces ceded Khmer provinces to Siam fascist Phlaek

AP – Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow deeply in front of a huge bank of chrysanthemums to offer apology to victims

Associated Press by Yuri Kageyama –16/8/2010
TOKYO – Asia paused on Sunday to remember Japan’s surrender to the allied forces which ended World War II 65 years ago, as the Japanese prime minister apologized for wreaking suffering on the region and the South Korean president said Tokyo’s remorse was a step in the right direction.

From Nanjing — the site of a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops — to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which has drawn outrage from Asia for honoring Class A war criminals, people prayed for the millions who died in war and expressed hopes for peace.

The reckoning with history has taken special meaning this year as it comes amid a global effort to realize a world without nuclear weapons, a resolve backed by President Barack Obama. But there were reminders of lingering tensions.

In Seoul, President Lee Myung-bak, dressed in traditional robes, led a ceremony celebrating the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule with the Aug. 15 surrender.

He also urged North Korea to abandon military provocations and make a “courageous change” toward peace. Relations with North Korea have nose-dived after the March sinking of a South Korean warship and Pyongyang’s firing last week of a barrage of artillery into South Korean waters.

In Tokyo, at a ceremony for the war dead, Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated his apology to South Korea for wartime atrocities, and this time offered his regret to all of Asia.

Last week, Kan offered “deep remorse” in an apology issued ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Japanese annexation of the Korean peninsula on Aug. 29, 1910.

“We caused great damage and suffering to many nations during the war, especially to the people of Asia,” Kan said Sunday before a crowd of about 6,000, including Emperor Akihito, at Budokan hall.

“We feel a deep regret, and we offer our sincere feelings of condolence to those who suffered and their families,” Kan said.

Lee said history should not be forgotten, but that Kan’s apology last week marked progress.

“I have taken note of Japan’s effort, which represents one step forward,” Lee said.

“However, there still remain issues that have to be resolved,” he said, without elaborating. “The two countries are called upon to take concrete measures to forge a new relationship for another 100 years.”

Many older Koreans still harbor resentment against Japan over the colonization. Hundreds of thousands of Koreans were forced to fight as front-line soldiers, work in slave-labor conditions or serve as prostitutes called “comfort women” in brothels operated by the military.

Later Sunday, about 50 women rallied in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, chanting slogans and demanding compensation for former comfort women and other Korean victims of colonial rule.

Reflecting a common sentiment among Koreans, activist Lee Kang-sil criticized Japan’s apology as “lacking in action.”

Such hard feelings were also evident in China, where about 300 people gathered in the eastern city of Nanjing, to remember the victims of the 1937 “Nanjing Massacre,” known in the West as the “Rape of Nanking,” a rampage by Japanese troops that many historians generally agree ended with the slaughter of at least 150,000 civilians and disarmed soldiers and the rape of tens of thousands of women. The estimates are debated, with China saying the figures are far higher, while some Japanese historians claim they are lower.

In Australia, World War II veterans and representatives from New Zealand, the U.S. and Asian countries were among more than 300 people gathered in downtown Sydney to mark the anniversary.

The group placed wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph war memorial to mark Japan’s surrender and observed a minute of silence.

More than 27,000 Australians were killed or died as prisoners of war during World War II.

New South Wales Returned and Services League President Don Rowe said Australians at home and overseas were fighting for victory and peace.

“And when peace came some 65 years ago today, it was also a sad time for many, many families whose loved ones never returned,” Rowe said. “So today, ladies and gentlemen, we remember that victory but we also remember those who laid down their lives.”

Kan and his Cabinet broke from the past by staying away from Yasukuni Shrine, while members of the opposition continued with their visits, including Liberal Democratic leader Sadakazu Tanigaki and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The national Mainichi newspaper expressed hopes for a world without nuclear weapons, highlighted by Obama’s promise to work toward nuclear disarmament.

“We must never repeat the tragedy of war, and we must continue to build peace. This anniversary should be a time for each of us to reflect,” it said in an editorial Sunday.

Memorials were held earlier this month in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two Japanese cities devastated by U.S. nuclear attacks at the end of World War II.

U.S. Ambassador John Roos became the first official U.S. representative to attend the Hiroshima commemoration this year. Hopes are high Obama will also go to Hiroshima during his trip to Japan set for later this year.

At Sunday’s ceremony, Akihito led a moment of silence at noon, bowing before a stage filled with yellow and white chrysanthemums.

It was the his father Hirohito’s radio broadcast 65 years ago that announced the end of World War II — the first time the Japanese public had ever heard the voice of the emperor, who had been revered as a living god.

“I feel once again a deep sadness for those many who lost their precious lives and for their families,” Akihito said. “I pray for the continued prosperity of our nation and for world peace.”

Two U.S. Internet companies leave China…watch me not

Go Daddy, Network Solutions have stopped registering new domain names

By Joelle Tessler (AP)
24/3/ 2010
WASHINGTON – Two U.S. companies that sell Internet addresses to Web sites said Wednesday they had stopped registering new domain names in China because the Chinese government has begun demanding pictures and other identification documents from their customers.

One of the domain name companies, Go Daddy Inc., announced its change in policy at a congressional hearing that was largely devoted to Google Inc.’s announcement Monday that it will no longer censor Internet search results in China.

Christine Jones, executive vice president and general counsel of Go Daddy, said the company’s decision was not a reaction to Google but instead reflects its concern about the security of its customers and “the chilling effect” of the new Chinese government requirements.
“We just made a decision that we didn’t want to act as an agent of the Chinese government,” Jones told lawmakers.

Separately, a company that offers similar services, Network Solutions LLC, also said Wednesday it had stopped handling China Web registrations in December, for the same reason.

Zhong Shan, China’s vice commerce secretary in charge of foreign trade, said he hadn’t been briefed on the Go Daddy decision.

Speaking to reporters at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, however, Zhong called Google’s decision an “exceptional case” that wouldn’t undermine the confidence of foreign investors in China. He said China’s economy wasn’t perfect, but that the government is working to create a more attractive investment environment.

“China’s policy of opening up remains unchanged,” Zhong said through an interpreter. “We still welcome foreign investment.”

Go Daddy — a company known for risque ads that mock congressional hearings — has been registering domain names in China since 2005 under authorization from the China Internet Network Information Center, a quasi-government agency. The company currently manages about 27,000 “.cn” domain names. That’s a small slice of Chinese Web sites, and “.cn” names continue to be available through other resellers.

Go Daddy said the agency has always made the company, known as a registrar, collect customer names, addresses and other contact information since it began registering “.cn” Internet domain names. But late last year, Go Daddy said, the Chinese agency changed its policy to require “.cn” domain name registrars to also collect head shots, business identifications and signed registration forms from new customers and then forward that information to the agency.

Then, Jones said, the agency instructed domain name registrars to obtain this same information from existing customers and forward it too — warning that Web sites of customers who refuse to register would be disabled.

Go Daddy said it has contacted 1,200 of its customers with “.cn” Web sites, asking for the additional documentation and informing them that it would be handed over to the China Internet Network Information Center. The company said only about 20 percent of those customers have provided the documentation.

Now, Jones said, the company won’t register new names. She did not say how much of the company’s revenue the business was bringing in.

Written by Kham

25/03/2010 at 9:58 pm

1 in 10 Chinese adults is diabetic, study finds…scary

Nation now home to the most cases worldwide — 92 million
By MARGIE MASON
AP Medical Writer 24/3/ 2010
After working overtime to catch up to life in the West, China now faces a whole new problem: the world’s biggest diabetes epidemic.

One in 10 Chinese adults already have the disease and another 16 percent are on the verge of developing it, according to a new study. The finding nearly equals the U.S. rate of 11 percent and surpasses other Western nations, including Germany and Canada.

The survey results, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found much higher rates of diabetes than previous studies, largely due to more rigorous testing measures. With 92 million diabetics, China is now home to the most cases worldwide, overtaking India.

“The change is happening very rapidly both in terms of their economy and in terms of their health effects,” said David Whiting, an epidemiologist at the International Diabetes Federation, who was not involved in the study.

“The rate of increase is much faster than we’ve seen in Europe and in the U.S.”

Chronic ailments, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, have been steadily climbing in rapidly developing countries like China, where many people are moving out of farms and into cities where they have more sedentary lifestyles. Test yourself

Diabetes: How much do you know?

More processed foods
Greater wealth has led to sweeping diet changes, including eating heavily salted foods, fatty meats and sugary snacks — boosting obesity rates, a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of all diabetes cases among adults.

“As people eat more high-calorie and processed foods combined with less exercise, we see an increase of diabetes patients,” said Huang Jun, a cardiovascular professor at the Jiangsu People’s Hospital in Nanjing, capital of northern China’s Jiangsu province, who did not participate in the study.

“Whereas 20 years ago, people took naps during the work week, people are now faced with the stress of making more money to support a family and a buy a house.”

Previous studies over three decades have shown a gradual climb in China’s diabetes rates. The sharp rise in the latest study, conducted from 2007-2008, is largely explained by more rigorous testing methods, said lead author Dr. Wenying Yang from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing.

Study’s limitations
Earlier nationwide studies relied only on one blood sugar tolerance test, while this survey of nearly 50,000 people caught many more cases by checking levels again two hours later, an approach recommended by the World Health Organization. More than half of the people with diabetes didn’t know they had it, the study found.

The study did have some limitations, sampling more women and city residents — 152 urban districts compared to 112 rural villages. Yang said she was alarmed by the findings, and China’s Ministry of Health has been alerted. She said there are plans to promote a national prevention strategy.

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate blood sugar. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, which remains the biggest killer in the world’s most populous nation.

“I don’t think it’s unique to China, but it’s certainly a concern that the rates are high,” said Colin Bell, a chronic disease expert at WHO’s regional office in Manila. “It emphasizes the need for strong prevention and treatment programs.”

Written by Kham

25/03/2010 at 9:49 pm

Axis of evil: No news of N.Korean ship

AFP/25 June 2009

Yangon – Myanmar’s state media said on Wednesday it was expecting the arrival of a rice-bearing North Korean ship but had no news about a vessel being tracked by a US Navy destroyer under new UN sanctions.

The comments came after US officials said a North Korean ship, the Kang Nam 1, was the first to be monitored under a UN resolution designed to punish Pyongyang over a nuclear test and could be headed to Myanmar.

Military-ruled Myanmar’s government-controlled media said a separate cargo ship from North Korea carrying thousands of tonnes of grain was due to arrive from India at the end of the week.

‘It is learnt that the MV Dumangang cargo ship from DPRK (North Korea) will arrive in Myanmar about June 27 carrying 8,000 tonnes of rice from Kolkata, India,’ state media said.

It said that foreign media had been ‘spreading reports these days that the Kang Nam cargo ship which left Nampo port, North Korea on June 17 was heading to Myanmar.’ No information was available regarding ‘this Kang Nam cargo ship’ it added.

A US defence official said on Monday that the Kang Nam 1 was being tracked by a US Navy destroyer under the UN sanctions adopted following this month’s underground atomic test by North Korea and could be headed to Myanmar.

The Aegis destroyer USS John S. McCain was continuing to shadow the cargo ship. South Korea’s YTN television news channel, citing an unnamed intelligence source, reported on Sunday the Kang Nam 1 was suspected of carrying missiles or related parts and was heading for Myanmar via Singapore.

The 2,000-tonne ship left the western North Korean port of Nampo on June 17, with Myanmar set as its final destination, YTN said.