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Behind these front-burner problems, AWSJ said, Obama in his second term, "likely will have to redefine US policies toward China, in light of its growing economic might and military power.
The AWSJ said: "The Obama administration over the past year has been touting its intention to tilt Washington's strategic focus from the Middle East and toward Asia, due to the region's economic growth and China's increasing power."
Addressing the protesting rally, Maulana Aurganzeb Farooqi, the chief of AWSJ, condemned Saeed's murder and ongoing killings of their activists.
The prayers were led by Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, the central leader of AWSJ and attended by senior police officers and a large number of the activists of the Jamat.
Tajudin is apparently asking for about MYR8 for each MAS share, a price which government negotiators say is too high, with MAS currently trading at about MYR3.79 per share according to AWSJ.
Foreign carriers believed to be involved in the venture include Northwest Airlines and United Airlines from the USA and the nine Asia-Pacific carriers that are already partners in a joint web site previously announced in June, according to AWSJ.
SA Group was apparently already in talks with the regional carrier prior to the government's announcement according to AWSJ.
However, aviation industry analysts are supportive of Qantas` continued strong role in the Australian domestic market, and expect the carrier to reach new trading highs of between AUD5 and AUD5.70 within 12 months according to the AWSJ. Although some analysts maintain that these levels cannot be expected before a drop back to about AUD3.12 due to rising fuel prices, a weak Australian dollar and the introduction of the two new domestic carriers.
A decision is expected by the end of April and the carrier is apparently waiting on word about whether production of the 777x models will go ahead according to AWSJ.
The new tax is apparently also likely to slow growth in the aviation market, with three preliminary leasing deals having already been held up because of the tax according to AWSJ. The directive was issued on 21 September and requires that leases signed after 1 September be subject to the tax, although, under tax treaties with foreign governments, the effective rate could drop to as low as 7%.
Most Asian carriers are apparently still working on their Y2K preparations according to the AWSJ.
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