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Tag Archives: East Asia

North Korean Military Tests Far-Reaching Missile

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The North Korean military successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the North’s missile program. The missile, confirmed to be an ICBM by a U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman, hit an altitude of about 2,800 km before landing in the sea 930 km away (Yonhap 1; Reuters). Some experts […]

North Korean Government Releases Comatose U.S. Student

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Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia honors student detained in North Korea 17 months ago, was medically evacuated Tuesday. His release came following the visit of Joseph Yun, the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy on North Korea, who demanded his release on “humanitarian grounds” (Reuters). The student was discovered to have been in a coma […]

One Million March and Protest in Seoul

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In Seoul, an estimated one million South Korean citizens protested on Saturday (Reuters 1). The protesters demanded the resignation of President Park Geun-hye due to the “crony scandal” (Chosun). The protest is the biggest in Korea’s modern history, pulling in more people than the pro-democracy protests in 1987 (Chosun). Protesters of all ages marched towards […]

Philippine Fishermen Return to Scarborough Shoal

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After Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China last week, fishermen were allowed to return to Scarborough Shoal (Reuters). Scarborough Shoal is one of the main disputes between China and the Philippines regarding the South China Sea. Philippine officials stated that China has scaled down its maritime presence on the shoal (Reuters). However, Chinese officials […]

US and China Target Chinese Company

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The United States and Chinese governments are targeting Hongxiang International, a Chinese company suspected of assisting North Korea’s nuclear program (Reuters). Police in Liaoning, the North-Eastern Chinese province bordering North Korea, began investigating the firms’ long term involvement with North Korea (WSJ). The investigation is focusing on the firm’s trading activities across the Chinese-Korean border […]