APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, June 4, 2009

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APSNet 4 June 2009

  1. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono steps ups threat in Malaysia sea dispute
  2. Japan plans enhanced space-based missile alert system
  3. Uygur detainees: Canberra caught in diplomatic vice
  4. Pacific Island states win small victory at UN
  5. Civilian deaths jeopardize Afghan war effort: US general
  6. Indonesian smuggling route shut, say police

1. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono steps ups threat in Malaysia sea dispute, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Australian, 2009-06-04

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has thrown down the gauntlet to Malaysia as tensions rise over a disputed maritime zone, declaring there will be “no compromises” and ordering an increased show of military force. Malaysia sent another warship across the sea border near northeastern Borneo, the 10th time it has done so this year, according to Jakarta.

2. Japan plans enhanced space-based missile alert system, Global Security Newswire, 2009-06-03

The Japanese government plans to make improvements to satellites in order to augment its capability to quickly detect a North Korean missile launch.

3. Uygur detainees: Canberra caught in diplomatic vice, Jonathan Pearlman, SMH, 2009-06-03

China has pressed Australia not to resettle a group of Chinese Muslims being held at Guantanamo Bay, leaving the Rudd Government in a diplomatic wedge between Beijing and the White House.

4. Pacific Island states win small victory at UN, RNZI, 2009-06-04

Small Pacific islands vulnerable to rising sea levels have won a symbolic victory at the United Nations with the passage of a resolution recognizing climate change as a possible threat to security. The non-binding resolution was passed by consensus by the General Assembly.

5. Civilian deaths jeopardize Afghan war effort: US general, Dan De Luce, AFP, 2009-06-03

The general chosen to lead US and NATO forces in Afghanistan warned that the war against insurgents could be lost unless civilian casualties were reduced. Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal told a congressional hearing that civilian deaths from coalition operations risked inflaming public anger and undermining military advances on the battlefield.

6. Indonesian smuggling route shut, say police, Age, 2009-06-02

Indonesian police are confident they have shut off a key smuggling route for ferrying people to Australia by boat. General Bambang Suedi – whose regional command takes in West Timor and the Flores islands – said he had broken up a smuggling syndicate attempting to send people from Afghanistan and Burma to land on Ashmore Reef, north-west of Darwin.

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