By the Numbers: August 22, 2012

The data driving Asia


The decline in China’s announced deals of merger and acquisition (M&A) in the first half of 2012 compared to last year. This can largely be attributed to the sluggish global economy, especially the ongoing Euro zone crisis, according to a new report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.


The number of wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 South Koreans. South Korea is number one among the OECD countries in terms of high-speed Internet penetration, followed by Sweden and Finland.

$82 million

The budget of India’s Mars mission, which hopes to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars in 2013. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the plan during a speech celebrating the 65th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule.

4 years

The amount of time that has passed since Japan and North Korea last held intergovernmental talks. The two countries will finally have new discussions next week in Beijing on August 29.


The number of asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia in 2012 as of August 2, a large increase compared to 4565 in all of 2011.

$50 million

The amount of aid that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ordered to send to the Rohingya – a Muslim minority group in Myanmar that has been exposed to many human rights violations.



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