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Weekly key events

December 23 – 29, 2013

December 24: Vietnam stops using school software with illicit 9-dash line – Tuoi Tre News

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) ordered education departments nationwide on Tuesday to cease using a computer program in middle school that includes China’s unlawful nine-dash line, following complaints by local teachers.

December 26 – 28: Cambodian Prime Minister visits Vietnam – Vietnam+

They reiterated the principle of not allowing any hostile forces to use one’s territory to sabotage security of the other and interfere in the other’s internal affairs.

December 26: Media reports: Philippine’s Department of National Defense eyes 4 projects to upgrade military bases – ABS-CBN News

The four base-related projects are the Air Force basing support systems for long-range patrol aircraft (P187 million), lead-in fighter trainer jets (P135.99 million), Air Force radar system (P825.52 million) and Navy basing support system (P1 billion).

The base support project for the long-range patrol aircraft will be implemented in Lipa, Palawan and Zamboanga.

December 27: Media reports: Indonesia hopes US and China coexist rather than compete for supremacy in the region: Indonesian Foreign Minister says – The Jakarta Globe

Marty, however, said Indonesia will try by any means possible to make Asean stay united and seek peaceful resolutions of all disputes. That’s why, he said, Indonesia introduced the concept of dynamic equilibrium where the region should be seen as naturally dynamic, with tensions that can take place across the region on any issues but should end up in new equilibrium without having to resort to conflict. With this doctrine, Indonesia hopes Washington and Beijing would agree to coexist rather than compete for supremacy in the region.

December 29: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through Phnom Penh – The New York Times

Anti-Vietnamese talk has been a mainstay of the protest leaders, who portray Mr. Hun Sen as a puppet of Vietnam.



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