East Asia

China: In January, Exports Increase 25%; Imports Up 28%

February 8, 2013

“China reports surge in January trade; exports jump 25 percent, imports 28 percent.”

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China Foreign Ministery: Government Probing Japan’s Complaint About Radar

February 8, 2013

“China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the government was investigating a complaint from Japan that a Chinese navy vessel aimed a type of radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship in the East China Sea.”

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Google Earth Satellite Images Reveal North Korea’s Purported Nuclear Test Site

February 8, 2013

“The latest series of images was captured on January 29th DigitalGlobe for Google.”

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China Sentences 16 Environmental Protesters to Prison

February 7, 2013

“China has sentenced 16 people to up to a year-and-a-half in prison for involvement in an environmental protest last July when a crowd of thousands ransacked government offices, the official Xinhua news agency reported.”

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North Korea Propaganda Video Rips Off Video Game ‘Call of Duty’

February 7, 2013

“The anti-U.S. video also employs an instrumental version of Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” while a sleeping North Korean man apparently dreams himself aboard a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit around the Earth.”

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Environmental Investigation Agency: Almost Half of Timber Exported From Mozambique to China is Illegal

February 7, 2013

“The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said its investigation showed that Mozambican politicians and Chinese traders were systematically involved in timber smuggling and illegal logging.”

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China Detains 70 People in a Crackdown on Self-Immolations in Tibetan Regions

February 7, 2013

“Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009 across a large swathe of ethnically Tibetan regions, with most of them dying from their injuries.”

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Impoverished in Hong Kong Living in Cages, Terrible Conditions

February 7, 2013

“Some 100,000 people in the former British colony live in what’s known as inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group.”

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The United States And South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises Near PyeongChang, South Korea

February 7, 2013

“It is the first time that the Marine Corps of the allies have held the joint winter drills in the nation.”

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Two Russian Fighter Jets Violate Japanese Airspace

February 7, 2013

“The four islands – which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories – are the subject of a 60-year-old dispute.”

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Report: Grain Famine in North Korea in 2012 May Have Killed Thousands of People

February 7, 2013

“The report from Rimjin-gang/ASIAPRESS said that, based on its own reporting from the region and from contact with North Korean defectors and people crossing the border, a famine hit the North and South Hwanghae provinces in January-May 2012.”

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Japan Prime Minister Abe: Deflation is a “Monetary Phenomenon” That Can Be “Overcome By Monetary Policy”

February 7, 2013

“Speaking in parliament, Abe also dismissed the view, expressed by Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa and shared by some academics, that a shrinking population was the main cause of deflation in Japan.”

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House Ethics Committee Won’t Launch Formal Investigation Into Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY)

February 7, 2013

“In May 2010, POLITICO and ProPublica jointly reported that Owens and his wife flew first-class to Taiwan and stayed at $500-a-night hotels on a $22,132 trip organized by lobbyists for Taiwan.”

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Criticizes Chinese Frigate’s Radar Lock on a Japanese Navy Ship

February 6, 2013

“Mr Abe called on China to avoid an “unnecessary escalation” in the territorial row, which centres on a chain of islands that both claim.”

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South Korea President-Elect Park Geun-hye Proposes Emergency Meeting to Discuss North Korea

February 6, 2013

“The meeting would be attended by the chiefs of the ruling Saenuri and main opposition Democratic United parties, the leaders of the National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee and members of Park’s transition team, Cho said.”

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