News in Asia

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Hello, my lovelies! Happy news time. I’m gonna keep this short and sweet today as I have TWO baby showers to attend (the number of my friends reproducing tends to come in waves).

China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has been meeting with President Obama to discuss a variety of issues causing tension between the two nations. Agreement has been reached on ways to curb climate change and talking down North Korea from nuclear Armageddon; however, those pesky cyber attacks and China’s bullying of it’s neighbors are still sore spots.

Also, in case you missed it, Jon Stewart declared China the actual winner of the war in Iraq.

Speaking of North Korea, after freaking everyone out with talks of nuclear war a few months ago, the country is now saying, “LOL, jk,” (in purely diplomatic terms of course.) The North and the South are negotiating terms for peace talks in an effort to ease tensions and resolve decades of mistrust.

Narendra Modi, a hard-line Hindu nationalist will head the key campaign committee for India’s opposition party. The move has drawn criticism both within the Bharatiya Janata Party and outside it. If the opposition party gains a majority in the 2014 elections, Modi will most likely be named prime minister. He was the top elected official in Gujarat when religious riots broke out in 2001, killing 1000 people, mostly Muslims. There are hundreds of articles and op-ed pieces about Modi and his political history; two examples can be found here and here.

A radioactive water leak was found in a Fukushima storage tank.

Hundreds of Bangladeshi workers have fallen sick due to contaminated water.

Dock workers in Hong Kong have been on strike for 30 days, demanding higher wages.

The Philippines was ranked high among countries considered “gay-friendly,” though LGBT people in the Philippines calls the survey results misleading.

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    freckle [M]

    Glee’s Charice is from the Islands and felt -after coming out- the need to apologize to her parents and family because of it. Her mother “used to be” lesbian but got over it after marriage. I think the Philippines still have a long way to go.

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      Stephens

      I think so too. That survey was overly optimistic. As a kind of side observation, I’ve never seen more churches than I did when I was in the Philippines and I’m from the South.

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