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Beijing’s bombers in disputed South China Sea raising tensions: Hanoi

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

This Saturday video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video shows a Chinese H-6K bomber flying along a runway in the South China Sea. The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time at an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing's expansive claims over the disputed region. | CCTV / VIA AP VIDEO / VIA AP

Recent activity by China’s strategic bombers in the South China Sea’s Paracel Islands seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the disputed territory, Vietnam’s foreign...

‘Dealmaker’ Trump said increasingly anxious of being able to deliver on promises as Kim summit looms

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A news vendor counts her money near a stack of newspapers with a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on its front page in Singapore May 10. Weeks from his North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and underdelivering. | AP

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker’s worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.As the Singapore meeting with North ...

Commemorative ‘Peace Talks’ coin struck for Trump-Kim summit

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A coin for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit is seen in Washington Monday. The commemorative coin featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of their summit. | AFP-JIJI

A commemorative coin featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of ...

Top U.S. senator says Trump looking to end North Korea crisis in first term

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Lindsey Graham | BLOOMBERG

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview Sunday that President Donald Trump would seek to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis in his first ...

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

By Eric Talmadge
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

The demolition of the cooling tower at the main nuclear reactor complex in Yongbyon, North Korea, is seen in this image from a TV broadcast on June, 27, 2008. | AP

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear ...

China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: report

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the ...

Malaysia ex-leader Najib Razak seeks police protection amid graft probe

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak shakes hands with supporters during an event in Pekan on Sunday. | AFP-JIJI

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family’s safety, ...

Thailand wearies of junta rule amid vague election promise

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Protesters gather in front of a department store Saturday in central Bangkok to mark the anniversary of a deadly army crackdown on an anti-government protest. | REUTERS

Four years after seizing power, Thailand’s junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the ...

Manila takes non-confrontational stance on China in continuing South China Sea feud

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

The Philippine government is taking “appropriate diplomatic action” to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in ...

North Korea eyeing $10,000 ‘visa fee’ for foreign reporters to observe nuke site dismantling

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is seen in a satellite image taken April 20. | AP

North Korea could seek to charge a handful of foreign reporters $10,000 each for a visa to cover live the planned dismantlement of its Punggye-ri ...

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