Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

May 19, 2017

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. …

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Duterte follows Xi’s lead with military build-up in South China Sea

May 12, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)The Philippines has begun sending troops and supplies to an island it controls in the disputed South China Sea, setting the stage for a potential dispute with Beijing. Plans are underway to reinforce and upgrade facilities on Pagasa Island, in the Spratly Islands chain,senior Philippine military officials toldthe official Philippine news agency (PNA). The country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, last month said he had ordered military personnel to occupy all …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has said that he would want to consult with Chinese President Xi Jinping before speaking to Taiwan’s leader. In an interview with Reuters news agency, Trump said he wouldn’t want to “cause difficulty” for the Chinese leader by again breaking with the “one China” policy. “He’s a friend of mine. He’s actually a — I think he’s doing an amazing job as a leader, and I wouldn’t want to do anything …

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China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

April 20, 2017

… Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH US warships sent to Korea: What to know North Korea’s official Korean Central news agency called the carrier’s deployment “nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region.” When asked about the Vinson’s movements Wednesday, Lu was measured in his response, reiterating at one point, “we maintain close contacts with the US on the current situation.” The …

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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

… most aligned in their confrontation with the US. Syria’s state news agency has even referred to the US as a “common adversary” of Syria and North Korea. Shea Cotton, Research Associate from James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, believes their mutual pariah status could push the two countries closer together. “They are both fairly isolated countries and both have stuff that the other can deliver. North Korea desperately needs hard currency and Syria desperately …

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North Asia on a knife’s edge: Whose position is strongest?

March 16, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a series of meetings in Asia this week with the region in a military turmoil. US anti-missile batteries arriving in South Korea. China’s foreign minister fearing a massive military confrontation is about to happen. China’s state news agency openly speculating Asia is on the verge of a nuclear arms race, the likes of which has not been seen since the Cold War. Each one of these things alone would be enough to destabilize …

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Malaysia cancels visa-free travel for North Koreans following Kim Jong Nam killing

March 2, 2017

Kuala Lumpur (CNN)Malaysia will now require North Koreans to get a visa to travel to the country, the latest salvo in a diplomatic row that kicked off with the brazen public killing of Kim Jong Nam. Bernama, Malaysia’s state news agency, quoted Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying that visas would be required from March 6. Kim, the older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed at an airport before he was supposed to board a flight to the …

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