Breaking news and analysis about China, North Korea, Japan, and other East Asian countries. Our writers Zhenming Tian, Uriel Lee, Xianbo Wu, and Yun Da Tsai each produce weekly. Our section editor is Amber Wang.
The National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China has voted to abolish term limits for the president and vice-president of the People’s Republic. The constitutional amendment passed easily through the nearly 3,000 member legislative chamber, with 2,958 votes for, two against, three abstentions, and one invalid ballot.
On Monday March 5, China proclaimed its plan to increase the military budget by 8.1 percent from 2017.
Taiwan inaugurated a new Cabinet on February 26, 2018 after a major reshuffle in key national security, diplomatic, and cross-strait posts was announced three days prior.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, Liu He, will visit the US this week and stay from Feb 27 to March 3, according to China’s Foreign Ministry.
President Moon Jae-In of South Korea announced on Sunday that North Korea is willing to start talks with the United States. President Moon had met with an eight-member North Korean delegation, three hours before the start of the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
A 24-year-old American suspect, identified as Michael Rohana by the FBI, has allegedly broken off a finger of one the renown terracotta soldiers while at the museum for an “Ugly Sweater Party” with his friends on December 21st.
Harry B. Harris, currently the highest commander of U.S. forces in Pacific Asia and has been nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia, said the U.S. must work to counter Beijing's expanding influence in the region in a public testimony to the congress last week.
A major oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea is rapidly spreading and posing unprecedented ecological threats to the sea and maritime life, reported the New York Times.
The PyeongChang Olympics and South Korea’s hand for reconciliation have become a chance for many international and domestic responses and questions on how matters regarding the future of the Korean peninsula will continue in the future.
The breakthrough comes as a flurry of negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing appears to be smoothing over certain aspects of the long-standing tumultous relationship between the Catholic Church and the Communist Party of China.
North Korea violated United Nations sanctions to earn nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned commodity exports, according to a confidential report by independent U.N. monitors.
Mo Huanjing, a nanny who worked for a wealthy family in Hangzhou, China, was sentenced to death yesterday after setting a fatal fire that killed a mother and her three children (ages 4, 7, and 10).
A major Japanese cryptocurrency exchange reported the loss of about 58 billion yen (534 million USD) to a hacking attack carried out in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
In China, live-streaming audiences are mainly consisted of young people. Because these platforms are propagated as tools of modernization and as a means to make a living, more than 100 broadcasts start at peak times each day.
In a political development confirming the weakened state of Japan’s opposition political parties in the wake of the Oct. 22, 2017 snap election for Japan’s House of Representatives, two major opposition parties announced the failure of negotiations to form a unified parliamentary bloc to oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan’s National Diet on Jan 17th.
From October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the installation of Huang Yong Ping’s “Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is a cage-like structure designed to house live reptiles and insects that would devour each other in the course of the exhibition.
Recent decisions regarding North and South Korean diplomatic agreements regarding the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have sparked some controversies in South Korea.
China defended itself on Jan 22nd after the Trump administration said last Friday that it was a mistake for the U.S. to engage China and Russia into the World Trade Organization (WTO) because these two nations failed to be market-based economies.
In a legal drama that caps off 2017 as one of the worst years in the history of Taiwan-China relations, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice Investigative Bureau (MJIB) opened an investigation into four leading members of the pro-China pro-unification New Party for alleged espionage ties with Beijing in the morning of Dec. 19, 2017.
North Korean accepted South Korea’s request to send athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday. Although North Korea has competed in the Summer Olympics since 1972, the country has not participated in the Winter Games in eight years.
On December 26th, Pear Video posted a video exposing the shocking sanitary issue in three five-star hotels in Harbin, China: Shangri-La, Kempinski, and Sheraton. In the bathrooms of these big-brand hotel rooms, cleaning staff frequently use dirty toilet brushes to wash tea cups, while the same towel is used to wipe dishes, toilets, and bathtubs.
Officials from South Korea and North Korea met face to face on Tuesday for the first time in more than two years in the border town of Panmunjom, in the Korean peninsula's heavily fortified demilitarized zone.
A Cornell student Miaoxiu Tian was found dead in her apartment this past Wednesday. The death appeared to be a suicide, according to police investigation.
Military aircraft of the People’s Republic of China conducted a series of drills in the Western Pacific this past week, ranging from a number of “encirclement patrols” around the island of Taiwan starting on Dec. 11 to the first-ever Chinese military flight through the Tsushima Strait on Dec. 18.
A university-led report revealed illegal overtime for which factory workers at Foxconn Shenzhen were unable to receive statutory compensation, extensive employment of teenage students, and failures to report industrial injuries, describing their working environment as “inhuman and abusive”, according to the South China Morning Post.
South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm in the southwestern region of the country. The outbreak of avian influenza A, H5N6 strain, in Yeongam is the fourth confirmation of avian influenza this year in South Korea, following earlier outbreaks that led to the South Korean government raising its bird flu alert to the maximum level last month.
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