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South Asia-Australasia Database

(Through January 2011: 300,000 records; 100,000 fulltext records.) The Asia Pacific Database is a bibliographic and fulltext database that provides area coverage (especially for economic development, investment, trade and technological industries) for Northeast- Southeast Asia, Australasia-Pacific, South Asia-Central Asia, and Middle East-North Africa. The database is designed to provide easy bibliographic and fulltext access to journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, press releases, books, manuals, magazines, and ephemera.

Core area country coverage:

Southeast-South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sikkim, Singapore, Vietnam.

Australasia-Pacific: Australia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Western Samoa.

All Reference databases are constantly expanded and enriched, both with additional records from journals that have been abstracted for many years, but also from new journals, new sources and new books, whether by abstracts or fulltext.

South Asia-Australasia Database Sample Abstract 1

Lamont, James

"Premier Wen Jiabao Strides Out On Mission Across Himalayas; Diplomacy: The Impetus For India and China Forging Ties Is Their Fast-Growing Economies", in Financial Times, December 16, 2010.

Wen Jiabao has said there is enough space in the world for both China and India to grow. Upon arrival in New Delhi, Wen Jiabao made it clear that he was seeking a new era of mutual economic cooperation and development for India and China, driven by the two rapidly expanding economies. Wen has a vision of closer ties arising naturally from what he describes as the complementary nature of the economies that embrace 40% of the planet's population. He sees the future as a time when the two countries can draw strength from each other. Wen explicitly rejected the simple model of inherent conflict between dragon and elephant that appeared in India media, observing: "I do not agree with this view. China and India are partners in cooperation, not rivals in competition."

In a warmly received speech, Wen suggested that China can provide low-cost financing and rapid infrastructure development in India, citing the telecoms role of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. (in Karnataka) and future work by power plant builders Shanghai Electric and Donfang Electric, who could create electricity for 200 million new customers in India. Wen offered opening of the Chinese economy to Indian pharmaceutical, services, food and IT companies in order to reduce the annual Indian trade deficit with China, now at $60 billion.

India does remain wary of opening its economy to highly competitive Chinese firms and some fear a future geopolitical threat as China builds a new navy and develops closer ties with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma and Sri Lanka.

Geographic Descriptors: Bangladesh, Burma, India, Karnataka, Myanmar, PRC, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Subject Descriptors: Construction, Diplomatic Relations, Financing, Food Products, Geopolitics, Information Industries, Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Power Plants, Services, Telecommunications, Trade Balance, Trade Missions, Trade Policy

Corporate Descriptors: Shanghai Electric, Donfang Electric, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

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South Asia-Australasia Database Sample Abstract 2

"Burma Lifts Barricades, Says Arms Found in Monasteries", in USA Today, October 8, 2007. p. A1.

Burma's military leaders threaten a further crackdown after claiming they found weapons caches in the monasteries of the Buddhist monks who have been leading pro-Democracy protests for weeks. Dozens of new arrests were announced. The United States said it would push for sanctions in the UN Security Council, a move that Russia and China state they will veto.

In Rangoon, police and the army have reduced security measures and have dismantled most barricades. The government reports that 10 people died in clashes and about 1000 remain in detention centers, including at least 135 monks. Some 78 additional people suspected of involvement in the protests are being questioned.

On Sunday, Malaysia called for the Burmese government to hold talks with dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest. Britain, France and the United States have circulated a draft statement in the Security Council calling for all political prisoners to be released and for talks between the government and opposition. Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win stated last week that democracy "cannot be imposed from outside".

Geographic Descriptors: Burma, France, Malaysia, Myanmar, PRC, Russia, UK, UK, USA

Subject Descriptors: Buddhists, Diplomatic Relations, Dissidents, International Organizations, Monasteries, Police Agencies, Political Prisoners, Small Arms, Terrorism

Corporate Descriptors: Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Myanmar)

Named persons:Nyan Win [Myanmar]; Aung San Suu Kyi [Myanmar]

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South Asia-Australasia Database Primary Document

Australian Platypus Conservancy

Press Release: About the Australian Platypus Conservancy. Vic.: Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC) (www.platypus.asn.au), N.D. [2010].

What is the Australian Platypus Conservancy? The Australian Platypus Conservancy is working to ensure that conservation of this unique mammal receives the attention that it deserves. At present, very few researchers are dedicated to studying platypus. Likewise, only very limited government resources are allocated to platypus conservation. The Australian Platypus Conservancy aims to increase the level of platypus research and develop long-term environmental action that will both protect existing platypus populations and revitalise degraded freshwater habitats, thereby encouraging platypus to re-establish in waterways where they have declined or disappeared.

What is the main focus of Australian Platypus Conservancy research? The Conservancy links high-quality research with public education and community involvement. Its research program is directed by Dr Melody Serena, one of Australia's leading platypus biologists, and involves studies of platypus population biology and related topics such as genetics and health. The APC co-operates with other organisations, including universities, management agencies, veterinarians and conservation groups. It works in partnership with various Catchment Management Authorities and, from 1995 onwards, worked with Melbourne Water to develop the Melbourne Urban Platypus Program, the first ever survey of platypus in a city, which examined relationships between platypus numbers and habitat quality in suburban environments. APC believes that public support for conservation is best achieved through immediate experience. The labour-intensive nature of platypus research provides excellent opportunities for members of the public to contribute to wildlife conservation through hands-on involvement.

What else does the Australian Platypus Conservancy do? APC is building awareness of the urgent need to care for freshwater habitats on the world's driest continent, through its education program for schools, lecture series, publications, specialist conferences and community workshops. The Conservancy's work is the focus of considerable media interest, which both furthers its educational objectives and obtains recognition for project sponsors and partners.

What is the official status of the Australian Platypus Conservancy? The Conservancy is a non-government, non-profit organisation, incorporated in Victoria. APC has been granted tax deductible status by inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Environmental Organisations. It has a specialist Advisory Group which regularly reviews the APC research program.

Who funds the Australian Platypus Conservancy? The work of the Conservancy is supported by a variety of management agencies, philanthropic trusts, corporate sponsors and individuals. New projects are commenced as resources become available. The APC also receives a Voluntary Environmental & Heritage Organisations grant from the Australian Government (Environment Australia) to assist with administration costs, in recognition of the Conservancy's special role in platypus conservation.

Geographic Descriptors: Australia, Victoria

Subject Descriptors: Environmental Organizations, Freshwater, Platypus, Urban Development, Water Utilities, Watershed Management, Wildlife

Corporate Descriptors: APC, Australian Platypus Conservancy, Melbourne Water, Melbourne Urban Platypus Program

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