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This week, police took to Hong Kong’s streets dismantling barricades erected by pro-democracy protestors as they re-opened the city’s arteries which have been blocked for weeks. Analysts suspect Beijing has ordered Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung to clear the roads before Monday, October 20th. Whether or not that occurs remains to be seen, but the question of what’s next for Hong Kong lingers in the world’s collective consciousness.
In this episode of Asia News Weekly, host Steve Miller speaks with Curtis S Chin, the inaugural Asia Fellow with the Milken Institute about the short and long term effects the protests have had on the city’s bottom line. Chin also shares his opinion on what the ramifications might be if China attempts to use a heavy hand to clear out the demonstrators.
Miller also raises the question of why we saw the return of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week. One possible reason might be an upcoming United Nations meeting, where the European Union and Japan will put forward a measure to refer the DPRK’s human rights violations to the International Criminal Court. It would mark the first time the body has taken such action, and one, as Miller explains, might not be as easy as some would like.
The ebola virus has raised health concerns for many around the globe. This week the 65th session of the World Health Organization's regional committee for the Western Pacific are meeting in Manila. Miller explains why and what Asia has to fear about the spread of the deadly virus.
The World Championship match for League of Legends takes place this Saturday in Seoul, pitting the local Samsung White team against China’s Star Horn Royal Club. What is this game that 67 million people play and what’s the top prize? Find out in the podcast. The episode concludes with The Weekly Brief, featuring stories about the oldest human cave paintings found in Indonesia, a Japanese WWII bomb found in Canada, and the death of a Chinese fishing boat captain in South Korea.
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