East Asia

United States Agrees to Sell $1.2 Billion in Spy Drones to South Korea

December 25, 2012

“The Pentagon has informed Congress of its plans to sell four Global Hawk high-altitude spy drones to South Korea. Under the deal Seoul’s surveillance capabilities would be greatly improved, even though the US DoD itself wanted to retire the aircraft.”

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North Korea Calls South Korea’s Christmas Tower “Psychological Warfare”

December 24, 2012

“North Korea claims the South is lighting it because they are “humiliated” by Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch, apparently trying to taunt North Korea with the conspicuous show of electricity consumption and religious tolerance.”

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South Korea’s Incoming President Park Geun Hye Abandons Fiscal Austerity and Increases Welfare Spending

December 20, 2012

“Park, who takes office in February, may plan as much as 20 trillion won ($18.6 billion) in additional spending, according to Nomura International Ltd.”

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Man Stabs 22 Children Outside a Primary School in central China

December 14, 2012

“A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens.”

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Analysis: Following the latest North Korean Rocket Launch, South Korea and Japan should form a Military Alliance

December 13, 2012

“They could also form a military pact guaranteeing each would come to each other’s defense, a move that may get the attention and cooperation of China, North Korea’s backer and chief ally.”

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North Korea Launches a Long-Range Unha-3 Rocket

December 12, 2012

“A rocket expert said North Korea’s rocket appeared to have improved on an April launch, which broke apart shortly after liftoff, but that it might be a day before U.S. officials could determine whether a North Korean satellite was circling the Earth.”

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Chinese Business Group Agrees to Buy 80.1% of American International Group’s Plane Leasing Unit

December 10, 2012

“The acquisition gives the group control of the world’s second-largest aircraft lessor as rising travel in China and Asia spurs demand for planes.”

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U.S. Deploys Warships Towards North Korea to Monitor the Country’s Rocket Launch on December 10th

December 8, 2012

“The US military will be watching the planned launch “very closely,” Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III said. Locklear added that any launch of long-range missiles would violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Japan; Tsunami Warning Issued

December 7, 2012

“The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was 6.2 miles beneath the seabed.”

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60 Minutes interviews North Korean Man Shin Dong-hyuk who escaped from Camp 14, a Political Prison

December 2, 2012

“He’s believed to be the only person born and raised in the camps who’s ever escaped and lived to tell about it.”

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South Korea believes that North Korea has replaced another Military Chief

November 29, 2012

“Reports circulated in Seoul on Thursday that Vice Marshal Kim Jong Gak, who just in February was promoted to that highest-level post below the dictator himself, is now out.”

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China’s Neighbors Object to the Country’s New Passports

November 25, 2012

“The passports feature a map of China that includes areas of the South China Sea claimed by other countries, as well as territory claimed by India.”

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Chinese Melamine-Tainted Milk Whistleblower Murdered in China

November 25, 2012

“Unconfirmed reports from Chinese media claim that paid killers murdered Jiang.”

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Manufacturing in China rises to a 13-Month High

November 22, 2012

“Its Purchasing Managers Index, a gauge of activity, rose to a 13-month high of 50.4 in November from the previous month’s 49.5. Readings above 50 denote growth.”

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Chinese Politburo Standing Committee announces Xi Jinping as the head of China’s Communist Party

November 14, 2012

“Xi Jinping has been confirmed as the man chosen to lead China for the next decade.”

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