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armyAsia and the world loading up on more tanks and armored vehicles

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Asian spending on armored vehicles (tanks and armored personnel carriers) during the next decade is likely to reach USD166 billion. China, India, and South Korea are among the world’s top 10 spenders on military vehicles and are likely to contribute …

asiaBelt and Road investments versus Developed world investments

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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has a report that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has spent $340 billion from 2014-2017. Private companies in China tend to invest in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Australia. They are acquiring hotels, entertainment …

asiaAsia will add at least double Europe’s current usage of Burnable dirt by 2030

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Coal demand is likely to remain relatively stable in the years ahead, according to BCG’s (Boston Consulting Groups) Global Energy Scenario Model. The main reason: the unquenchable thirst for energy in numerous Asian developing countries, such as India and Indonesia. …

asiaReplicating Bangladesh toilet success in poor countries would save over 500,000 lives each year

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Bangladesh remains one of the poorest countries in the world. On a per person basis, Bangladeshi’s have half the income of people in India or Pakistan. Bangaldesh was able mostly defeat diarrhea because they built latrines for the poorest and …

asiaBangaldesh beat diarrhea by making latrines for the poorest and shamed the rest to make their own

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In areas of Bangladesh with good data, the deaths from diarrhea and dysentery have dropped by about 90% since the early 1990s. It is one of Asia’s poorest countries, with only half the GDP per person of India. Bangladesh now …

asiaIndonesia progressing to an experimental small modular nuclear reactor

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Indonesia’s National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) has launched a roadmap for developing a detailed engineering design for its Experimental Power Reactor. Batan launched a plan in 2014 to build an 10 MWt RDE at its largest research center site – …

asiaChina will fortify islands with railguns, drones, missiles and stealthy planes

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China is developing a lead with railgun technology and affordable electromagnetic launchers because it appears to be mastering medium voltage DC power for ships and land bases. By 2022, China should have twenty fortified islands in the South China Sea. …

air forceChina has air and naval bases on seven of its manmade islands in the South China Sea

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Aerial photographs obtained by Inquirer.net (Philippine Daily Inquirer) from a source (likely pictures from a military plane) show that China is almost finished transforming seven reefs claimed by the Philippines in the Spratly archipelago into island fortresses, in a bid …

asiaIndonesia has rapidly growing energy needs and they are looking to nuclear energy

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Indonesia needs to double its electricity generation capacity over the next ten years, and continue that expansion beyond 2050, to improve access to electricity and meet the demand of its growing economy and population. Indonesia’s National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) …

artificial intelligenceThe Future of Asia is ultimately about AI, other advanced tech and economics

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Hugh White makes the case that America’s influence is decreasing in Asia and China is on the eventual but inevitable path to dominating Asia. Others make the case that the USA still has strategic options. Nextbigfuture believes the ultimate Future …