What the heck is going on with North Korea?; Is conflict unavoidable in the South China Sea, and the plight of the boat people. Plus stories from Thailand, South Korea, and more are coming up next.
What’s up with North Korea?
In 2013, we saw Kim Jong-un create a worldwide sensation despite being the head of a small, 25 million strong society. In recent months, we’ve seen an uptick in activity: missile launches, threats against South Korea, top level culls, and once more, problems at the Kaesong Industrial Complex.
Joining me is Adam Cathcart, a historian focusing on Chinese and North Korean relations the University of Leeds. He’s also the co-editor of Sino-NK, a collective of young scholars focusing on Korean and Chinese sources.
You’ll be able to hear the entire conversation on our website and in the Asia Now podcast feed.
Is confrontation in the South China Sea Unavoidable?
For the past year, there's been a steady build-up of activity on China's part inside its self-declared Nine Dash Line. There was the deployment of an oil rig inside Vietnam's established Exclusive Economic Zone, the bullying of weaker ASEAN members, and of course, the unprecedented land reclamation efforts that have quadrupled in recent months. We may now be entering a new phase as tensions in the region increases.
Returning to the podcast is Jonathan Miller, Fellow on East Asia for the EastWest Institute to comment on what may be coming in the months to come. You’ll be able to hear the entire conversation as part of Asia Now here.
The Plight of the Boat People
It started off with finding a mass grave in Thailand. Those exhumed were Rohingya muslims or Bangladeshi migrants. Since that grizzly discovery at the beginning of May, the situation has become a crisis for ASEAN member states. Host Steve Miller breaks down the latest.
If you’d like to hear that entire conversation with Phil Robertson that’s referenced in this story, it’s the April 18th episode of Asia Now.
Thailand - One Year Later
More than one year has passed since Prayuth Chan-ocha staged a bloodless coup and assumed control of Thailand. While the former general has retired from the military, he’s still in charge and shows no sign of relinquishing control after putting in place a hand-picked national legislature and invoking the sweeping powers afforded to him under Article 44. Miller runs down the latest.
The Asia Brief
This week on The Asia Brief, as it begins its new format: South Korea become big brother by requiring minors to install monitoring applications on their smart phones, a visit to the Yasuki Shrine stirs trouble from China and South Korea, and Australia gets tough on ISIS supporters. Plus more news from China Xinjiang region, historians take issue with Prime Minister Abe, Joshua Wong’s quest for democracy gets him banned from Malaysia.
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