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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Condoleezza Rice – Will you stay out of China.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Here is a recent conversation between our president G.W. Bush
and his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice. "In the
immortal words of Yoda: "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Thai PM inaugurates Chiang Mai-Chittagong route

Chiang Mai, Dec 12 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Thursday inaugurated a new air-route linking Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand with Chittagong port city of Bangladesh, according to T.V. news reports.

Bangladesh PM goes to Thailand today

Dhaka, Dec. 12: Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Thailand today on a three-day landmark trip opening a new air-route between the two countries.

Thailand-Myanmar to hold meeting on drugs suppression

Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA) – Thailand and Myanmar will hold a bilateral meeting on cooperation in narcotics suppression during December 13-14 to discuss obstacles and ways to coordinate efforts to cope with the drugs problem.

Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission used its powers to bite the victims and not its perpetrators.

Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has railed against the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka as “a disappointing Institution.” It alleged the statutory body functioned in such a way often violating the principles of international and national law in dealing with torture cases by allowing the perpetrators to escape criminal punishment by it clever designs.

Thai PM remains confident of economic strength

Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday reiterated the Thai economy would not be adversely affected if the United States experienced economic malaise and got in a heap of non-performing loans as many feared.

MOC to promote Hom Mali rice in China

Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA):The Ministry of Commerce will join forces with rice exporters to promote Thai Hom Mali or jasmine rice in China, according to a senior official.

Myanmars feared Wa fighters resent

Pangsang , Myanmar (AFP): Myanmar's ethnic Wa, former head hunters reviled by foreign governments as a ruthless narco-army flooding the world with heroin, insist they have abandoned drugs and bitterly resent their reputation.

British Foreign Office Minister Mike OBrien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 9 December about the current situation in Burma.

Northern Sri Lanka town hit by violence, police arrest 14 .

By Joe G. Ariyaratnam, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Jaffna, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 11. - Police used tear gas and truncheons to disperse about 300 protesters who threw stones at the office of a pro-government political party in a northern stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers, officers said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka Seeks Ways To Better Utilize India Credit Line

Colombo -(Dow Jones), Dec. 11:- Sri Lanka plans to set up a facilitation bureau to better utilize a $100 million credit line received from the Indian government in April 2001, the Minister of Industries said Wednesday.

U.S. releases to Yemen its shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles after standoff

By Ahmed Al-HaJ Associated Press Writer San'a, Yemen (AP), Dec. 11: - The U.S. Navy released the shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles it seized, sending the vessel and its cargo on their way Wednesday to the original destination of Yemen.

Yemen Protests Seizure of North Korean Ship; Says Scuds Were Bound for Its Army

By Thom Shanker with Terence Neilan

New York Times: Washington, Dec. 11 — Yemen said today that Scud missiles found on a North Korean ship were destined for its army, and issued formal protests over the vessel's seizure to the United States and Spain, the official news agency Saba said.

Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain

Madrid, (Reuters), Dec. 11: - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday.

Protest paralyzes Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula

b>Clombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Dec - 12:- Shops and offices were closed, public transport stopped and people remained indoors on Thursday in the Tamil rebel-held Jaffna peninsula in a shutdown to protest disputed allegations that police fired on civilians this week.