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 resignation of Jun’ichi Fukuda makes him the highest profile departure in the budding #MeToo movement in Japan.
On Thursday, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi returned to Beijing from Pyongyang after participating in bilateral talks with North Korea’s counterpart Ri Yong and Kim Jong-un that lasted for two days. This meeting comes after Kim and South Korea’s leader, Moon Jae-in, signed the Panmunjom Declaration, setting a base for to end the 67-year war and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
On April 28th, China and India concluded a two-day informal summit in Wuhan, China, during which Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to strengthen “strategic communications” and maintain peace along the two countries' shared border.
Hong Kong has reported its first case of measles, suggesting that East Asia faces the prospect of an outbreak of highly contagious measles across the region after Japan and Taiwan reported dozens of active cases earlier this month and placed thousands of people in quarantine.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in jointly issued a declaration of peace, moving towards the end of 65 years of war on the Korean peninsula.
On April 16th, the US Department of Commerce forbade ZTE Corp. , a state-owned Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company, from acquiring components from American suppliers for a period of seven years. The ban was issued as a punishment for ZTE’s failure to redress its violation of US sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly “North Korea,” has announced several apparent diplomatic concessions in the lead-up to an inter-Korean summit set for Apr. 27, 2018, and a planned summit between the United States and North Korea slated for late May or early June this year.
Recent developments surrounding a scandal regarding the Japanese government’s handling of documents relating to a land sale to an ultra-nationalist educational institution threaten to bring down the current government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
At the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan Province, China on Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China will continue to open its economy and urged "dialogue rather than confrontation" amid the recent rise in economic tensions between the US and China.
The government of Japan has adopted a basic timeline for the series of events and formal ceremonies surrounding the succession of the Chrysanthemum Throne, with Crown Prince Naruhito slated to become Emperor of Japan upon the abdication of his father, current Emperor Akihito, on Apr. 30, 2019.
On Monday April 2, China announced to impose new tariffs on imports from the United States, hitting 128 products ranging from pork, meat and fruit to steel pipes, in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminum that took effect a week ago. Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index soon tumbled 2.23 percent, and markets have entered correction territory.
The People’s Republic of China’s Manned Space Agency reported that its space laboratory module, Tiangong-1 (“Heavenly Palace 1”), re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up over the southern Pacific Ocean on Apr. 2, 2018. The destruction of the satellite marks the end of China’s first space station which was launched nearly seven years ago.
On Monday, March 26th, two senior U.S. Republican senators urged the Trump administration to allow the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Taiwan. They argued that it would help Taiwan “remain a democracy” vis-à-vis mainland China.
One month after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea will be sending a group of singers to North Korea on March 31st.
The integration of a multifunctional toilet into the public space is directly linked to a technique-transformation emphasis on rural economic reforms.
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.
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