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TOKYO (Nikkei)--Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh said Thursday he will support efforts to create an "East Asian community," a concept championed by Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh said Thursday it is inevitable that his country will be affected by political instability in Thailand, such as by causing a sharp fall in the number of tourists and disrupting trade, because landlocked Laos uses Thai ports for imports and exports.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Trade between Asian economies will play a bigger role in the future, Chalongphob Sussangkarn, distinguished fellow of Thailand Development Research Institute, said Thursday in Tokyo.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Zhou Qiren, dean at Peking University's National School of Development, called on China to continue its open-door policy to sustain growth even after the economic crisis.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Rajiv Kumar, director and chief executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, said Thursday that India will need more than 500 billion dollars in infrastructure investment over the next 10-15 years.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--There is a lack of willingness to adhere to the rule of law, Chalongphob Sussangkarn, distinguished fellow of Thailand Development Research Institute, said Thursday in Tokyo, referring to the political turmoil in his country.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nguyen Thien Nhan, deputy prime minister of Vietnam, said Thursday Asian economies, which have achieved a sharp improvement, are getting a head start on global economic recovery.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's minister mentor, said Thursday in Tokyo that it will become increasingly important for China to maintain good relations with all countries.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's minister mentor, said at a Tokyo forum Thursday that the U.S. military presence in Asia ensures peace and stability in the region.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh said at a Tokyo forum on Thursday that he hopes Thailand will quickly regain political stability as it is important for the stability of the region, while voicing worries that the turmoil will continue.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said during a speech at a Tokyo forum Thursday that ASEAN will consider expanding the East Asia summit's membership from the current 16 countries.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--South Korea will promote "Green New Deal" projects to foster businesses related to environmental protection -- such as the use of renewable energy -- and to create jobs, with the broader goal of achieving further economic growth, Boo Kyung-Jin, senior fellow at Korea Energy Economics Institute, said at a Tokyo forum on Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Cooperation within the ASEAN region is essential for Asia's continued growth, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said Thursday at a Tokyo forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Andrew Tan, chief executive of Singapore's National Environment Agency, said during a panel discussion here Thursday that Asian countries must invest in clean energy projects to boost the cost-competitiveness of renewable energy.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Gao Jifan, chairman and chief executive of China's Trina Solar Ltd., said during a panel discussion here Thursday cooperation between the public and private sectors will become even more important for promoting solar energy because such partnerships will accelerate technological innovation and reduce costs.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--A Malaysian project to supply biomass fuel to a Japanese thermal power plant will likely start before the end of the year, Teruaki Masumoto, chairman of the Japan Energy Association, said at a Tokyo forum on Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima said at a Tokyo forum Friday that Japan will promote the creation of infrastructure funds in Asia.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kwon Tai-Young, special adviser at the Korea Research Institute for Strategy, said Friday that uncertainty over North Korea is growing.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima said Friday that East Asia -- including Japan, China, South Korea, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), India and Australia -- should form a "great triangle of growth" to maintain balance between the region's economies and environment.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--No alternative to the Japan-U.S. alliance exists, Zhu Jianrong, a Chinese-born professor of international relations at Japan's Toyo Gakuen University, said Friday at a Tokyo forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Evans Revere, former U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of state, expressed concern Friday that the sinking of a South Korean patrol vessel widely blamed on North Korea has further destabilized the situation on and around the Korean Peninsula.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hitoshi Tanaka, senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange, proposed Friday that East Asia have a "four-story" security framework capable of dealing with sources of instability in the region.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, weighing in on the impasse over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station, said keeping U.S. troops around the globe was an outdated strategy that raises tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia To Enter Era of Urbanization

Friday, May 21, 2010
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Takashi Shiraishi, president of the Japan External Trade Organization's Institute of Developing Economies, said that urbanization in Asia is increasing.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Mahathir bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, called on China Friday to act responsibly in global affairs, saying it has now become a global power.
HANOI (Nikkei)--The 16 East Asia summit member countries will cooperate more closely to implement industry-promotion measures to double regional gross domestic product from current levels by 2020, according to a draft medium-term growth strategy.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Jusuf Wanandi, vice chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Foundation of Indonesia, said Friday that Japan should maintain its security alliance with the U.S. to preserve stability in East Asia.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Matthew Goodman, a U.S. State Department adviser, talked Friday at a Tokyo forum about plans to have the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) serve as a basic trade framework in the Asia-Pacific region.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hiroyuki Ishige, vice minister for international affairs at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said Friday that Japan is not ready to join the U.S.-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Manickam Supperamaniam, Malaysia's former ambassador to the WTO, said during a panel discussion in Tokyo Friday he does not expect that the Doha round of multilateral trade liberalization talks will be successfully concluded by the year's end.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--South Korean Deputy Trade Minister Lee Hye-min said Friday that South Korea is actively pursuing free trade agreements to improve the efficiency of its economy.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Thai Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij criticized the recent anti-government protests in his country as "disruptive, violent and extremely disturbing," during a keynote speech at a Tokyo forum Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Korn Chatikavanij, Thailand's minister of finance, conceded during a keynote speech at a Tokyo forum Friday that anti-government demonstrations and the Thai government's subsequent crackdown have paralyzed the nation's capital.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Closing American military bases in Okinawa would limit the ability of the U.S. to project power in Asia and do no good for the region, Singapore's founding father said Thursday on the first day of Nikkei Inc.'s 16th International Conference on the Future of Asia.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday reiterated his desire to establish an East Asian community, calling on Asian nations to work together to tackle such global issues as the environment and natural disasters.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nikkei Inc. and other major Asian media outlets have compiled a set of policy proposals designed to help accelerate regional economic development and address various global challenges. We publish these proposals on the occasion of the 16th annual Future of Asia forum. It is our hope that the ideas we put forth will contribute to the advancement of Asia.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Japan-U.S. alliance contributes to the prosperity and stability of the wider Asian region, participants at Nikkei Inc.'s Future of Asia conference agreed.
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