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Time | Jun 12, 2018

As U.S. President Donald Trump strode across a stage in Singapore toward North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, 26-year-old Jun Heo felt nothing in particular.
The young North Korean defector was in the South Korean capital, Seoul, watching the opening moments of the historic June 12 summit. He sat cross-legged, head cocked, at the head office of Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)—a local NGO that pairs volunteer teachers with defectors who want to learn English.
On the monitor before him, footage of the two leaders’ first meeting streamed via local news networks. Heo sipped canned...

Guardian | Jun 12, 2018

Suggestion follows reports Kim charm offensive has led China to relax trade restrictionsChina’s foreign ministry has said the international community could consider lifting economic sanctions on North Korea after the agreement signed by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore, according to Reuters.The comment by Chinese officials suggests the US policy of “maximum pressure” is already showing signs of cracking. Continue reading...

Time | Jun 12, 2018

China’s foreign ministry embraced the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday, expressing support for the “equal talks” and praising the leaders for “creating a new history” in Singapore.
“The United States and North Korea have been in a state of antagonism for more than half a century,” China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters at a news conference in Beijing following a meeting with ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi. “Today, that the two countries...

npr | Jun 12, 2018

A bipartisan amendment by Senators could undo a deal struck days ago to revive the Chinese telecoms giant after it was cut off from its U.S. suppliers over sales to Iran and North Korea.(Image credit: Ng Han Guan/AP)

New York Times | Jun 12, 2018

The dedication of a new unofficial embassy in Taiwan is testimony to the island democracy’s diplomatic limbo in China’s shadow, but also its close ties to Washington.

Guardian | Jun 12, 2018

US official hails vibrancy of US-Taiwan relationship at relaunch of American Institute in Taiwan after $250m upgradeAmerica’s de facto embassy in Taiwan has reopened after a $250m renovation, with an attending US official hailing the new building as “a symbol of strength and vibrancy” of the relationship between the US and Taiwan.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Jun 11, 2018

China regards Taiwan as a wayward province but the $US250 million diplomatic mission shows Washington's strategic ties.

Time | Jun 11, 2018

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: “No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.”
But when it comes to human rights, don’t expect Trump to hold Kim Jong Un’s feet to the fire at the Singapore summit. The focus is on nuclear weapons, and the young autocrat’s international standing is likely to be boosted regardless of the outcome.

Guardian | Jun 11, 2018

Tim Soutphommasane says discussions over influence could lead to ‘suspicion of Chinese-Australians’Australia’s race discrimination commissioner says we are “flirting with danger” in the debate over Chinese influence in our democracy, warning that antagonism towards state-sponsored interference could spill over “into a general suspicion of Chinese-Australians”.In an intensification of a public warning delivered earlier this year, Tim Soutphommasane will use the opportunity of a community forum on Tuesday to spell out his concerns with the Chinese influence debate, and he will also blast the...

Guardian | Jun 11, 2018

Prospect of historic meeting between leaders was the only news item on country’s main TV channel on MondayNorth Koreans have received news that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has arrived in Singapore for what the state-run media described as a historic meeting with the US president, Donald Trump.The story was reported the front page of the ruling party’s newspaper and was the only item on Monday’s first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available.

Time | Jun 11, 2018

As India’s strategic links with the U.S. expand, New Delhi will find it difficult to shield its fruitful military relations with Russia. In theory, India does not have to face a binary choice between allies, but in practice, may increasingly be faced with precisely this predicament.

India’s bilateral ties with the U.S. are on the upward trajectory. The Trump administration, building on the work done by the previous administration of Barack Obama, has been developing and strengthening strategic frameworks for a broad-based partnership with India. The emphasis shown by the Trump...

npr | Jun 11, 2018

As the relationship between the U.S. and China gets testier, the White House has quietly drawn another player in the region closer. Taiwan has received unprecedented attention from Washington.

Time | Jun 11, 2018

(SINGAPORE) — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are to meet in Singapore on Tuesday for a summit that will be the first of its kind between leaders of the rival nations. Ten other historic moments in relations between the United States and North Korea:
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Time | Jun 11, 2018

The resort island of Sentosa is where Singapore’s most affluent patrons relax in cascades of pastels and khaki. Bronzed kids dance in water fountains, while their parents sip iced lager from beneath designer sunglasses. Sun-worshipers lounge on fake manicured beaches, gazing at a horizon filled with the container ships that turned this equatorial city-state of six million into Asia’s most prosperous trading hub.

Time | Jun 11, 2018

(HONG KONG) — A Hong Kong court sentenced activist Edward Leung to six years in prison Monday for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.
Leung, 27, was among a generation of young political activists who emerged after 2014’s failed nonviolent protests over Beijing’s decision to restrict elections.
His sentence shows the hard line authorities are taking toward those advocating for more open politics in the former...

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