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Northern Iraq’s budding Chinatown

In China, Comodity, Ekonomi / Economy, Gas / Oil, Iraq, Policy, Politik / Politic, Sosial Politik, World on February 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

As foreign investment increases in Iraqi Kurdistan, cultural boundaries are being broken.

  1. Ling, from Anhui province in eastern China, has been managing the shop there for about six months after responding to a newspaper advertisement by a Chinese firm.
  2. The Chinese market is in the newly opened Kawa Mall in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan’s second city. Chinese people, outlets and a restaurant dominate the top two floors, which are reserved for firms from the world’s second biggest economy, of the Kurdish-owned shopping centre.
  3. The majority of the approximately 500 Chinese in Sulaimaniyah, which has a municipal population of about 750,000, work in the mall. Chinese flags, lucky cats and paper lanterns make for an incongruous sight as locals in the widely pleated trousers, flayed suit jackets and turbans of Iraqi Kurdistan pass by.
  4. Foreign investment is increasing in Iraqi Kurdistan. More than half of the 1,170 foreign firms investing there are Turkish, working in areas such as construction. Multinational firms are monitoring development of the area’s 43.7 billion barrels of proven oil and 25.5 billion barrels of potential reserves.
  5. Funds from abroad are also making their way into retail in an attempt to exploit the consumer potential of the 4.7 million strong local population, of which more than half are under the age of 20.
  6. International investment surpassed $14bn from mid-2006 to September 2010, unconfirmed official sources have said.
  7. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is hoping the estimated 250,000 to 300,000 foreigners it has so far attracted to the region will help to enervate some of those deficiencies. Read the rest of this entry »

Asia Pacific Issues

In Amerika, China, Japan, Military, North Korea, Policy, Politik / Politic, South Korea, World on December 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm
  1. The National Defence Programme Guideline has been approved by the cabinet and will shape Japan’s defence policy for the next 10 years
  2. Japan is changing its defence policy in response to the shifting balance of power in Asia.
  3. The guidelines say Japan is concerned by China’s growing military spending, modernisation of its armed forces, and increased naval assertiveness in the East China and South China seas.
  4. Relations between Japan and China deteriorated sharply in September, after collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Armed forces                   Japan                    China
Submarines                            18                          9
Destroyers                             41                         27
Fighters                                  310                  1,320
Battle tanks                            876                 9,840
Active personnel          237,000        2,255,000
Source: IHS Jane’s

  1. The review paper added that it was necessary to reduce the burden on communities hosting US bases, including Okinawa.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12015362