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As tumultuous year comes to a close, Xi’s defiant remarks indicate the U.S.-China trade war is far from over

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to present a medallion during a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. | AP

Anyone betting that Chinese President Xi Jinping would back down quickly in a trade war with U.S. President Donald Trump better think again.Xi told a ...

Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing Foreign Ministry

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

A man holds a Chinese flag outside the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver during the third day of a bail hearing for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, on Dec. 11. | AP

A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the Canadian Foreign Ministry.At a daily news briefing ...

Chinese bombers, fighter jets and warships drill in first military exercise near Taiwan in months

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping rides in a vehicle as he reviews People's Liberation Army troops at the Shek Kong Barracks in Hong Kong in June 2017. Xi has called for the creation of a top-tier, global military by midcentury, with improvement in the capabilities of the Chinese Air Force seen as an integral part of this initiative. | BLOOMBERG

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has said that Chinese bombers, fighter jets and warships were spotted near the self-ruled island nation, the first such reported activity in ...

U.S. seeks to expedite aid for North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun speaks to the media upon his arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday. | AP

U.S. officials will try to expedite humanitarian aid to North Korea, a U.S. envoy said on Wednesday, as Washington and Pyongyang struggle to find a ...

‘No place for a mother’: South Korea battles to raise birthrate

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

A child and others wear traditional Korean hanbok dresses at a parade in Seoul on Sept. 24, 2015. South Korea's fertility rate fell to 0.95 in the third quarter of 2018, the first time it has dropped below 1 and far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain stability. | AFP-JIJI

When Ashley Park started her marketing job at a Seoul drugmaker she had a near-perfect college record, flawless English, and got on well with her ...

U.N. Security Council considers move to push Myanmar on Rohingya crisis; Russia, China boycott talks

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

The U.N. Security Council is considering action to push Myanmar to work with the United Nations to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, although China and ...

On anniversary of Deng reforms, defiant Xi says no one can tell China what to do

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at an event marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. | REUTERS

President Xi Jinping said China would stick to its policy agenda, despite pressure from the U.S. and others to allow more competition in its economic ...

U.S. and North Korea in brittle holding pattern ahead of Kim New Year’s address and second leaders’ summit

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

A protester wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump kicks a fellow demonstrator wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally to denounce policies of South Korean President Moon Jae-in toward the North in Seoul on Tuesday. | AP

The United States and North Korea have reached a holding pattern in denuclearization talks as both sides seek the upper hand ahead of a key ...

Major economic powers take aim at U.S. during WTO policy forum

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Zhang Xiangchen | REUTERS

Major economic powers took aim at the United States on Monday at a World Trade Organization forum, where Washington was accused of abandoning its leadership ...

Three South Korean teens presumed dead, seven unconscious at Gangneung motel

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

South Korean fire department officials said Tuesday that three teenage boys were presumed dead and seven other boys were being treated for injuries after they ...

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