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Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 2nd August

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
 
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Swathes of China have been suffering the worst drought in decades, prompting fears of food shortages. (Courtesy of The Epoch Times)

In this bulletin:

- Extreme weather besets China,
- Beijing greets new Japan PM with warning,
- Singapore, Taiwan best Asian investment economies, and
- High Court torpedoes Australia’s ‘Malaysian Solution’.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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NTD-While heavy storms have battered the southeastern coast of China, the southwest faces severe drought where the water supply for millions of people has already dwindled . And now residents in Guizhou and Yunnan provinces are facing another challenge, depleted food supplies. Locals say the dry weather has affected normal crop yields, sending food prices skyrocketing.

In Guizhou Province over five million people and almost three million livestock are short of water. While in neighbouring Yunnan Province, 1.5-million people can

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