Four important developments in Asia from this week and one key event to keep an eye out for next week.
1. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left for a trip that will include stops in Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Among her engagements will be attending a July 8 conference on Afghanistan in Japan and a series of regional conferences including the ASEAN Regional Forum in Cambodia, which holds the ASEAN chair this year.
2. Massive floods in India, described by its prime minister as the worst in recent times, have left nearly 100 dead and millions homeless in Assam state.
3. Chinese president Hu Jintao paid a three-day visit to Hong Kong for the 15th anniversary of the city’s handover to China. He was greeted by tens of thousands of protesters as he swore in its new leader Leung Chun-ying.
4. A new Japanese parliamentary inquiry concluded Thursday that the nuclear incident that occurred at Fukushima was a “profoundly man-made disaster” that “could and should have been foreseen and prevented”.
5. East Timorese will go to the polls this weekend for parliamentary elections. Peaceful elections and the formation of a coalition government will be a huge boost to the country’s fragile democracy.