SEOUL: US President Donald Trump is widely expected to visit the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides South Korea and the nuclear-armed North on Sunday as part of his trip to Seoul following the G-20 meeting.The DMZ is the finishing line of the 1950-53 Korean War, where South Korean forces backed by a US-led UN coalition fought to a standstill with North Korean and Chinese troops.Here are some questions and answers about a place widely referred to as the world's last remaining Cold War frontier.WHERE IS IT?The 4km-wide DMZ runs for 250km across the Korean peninsula, around 50km north of Seoul and 200km south of Pyongyang.At its centre is the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), where the front line lay when the ceasefire stopping Korean War hostilities was signed in 1953.Under the agreement both sides agreed to pull back their forces 2,000m. To the south, Seoul has established a further buffer zone of varying width where civilian access is restricted.WHAT IS IT?A barrier separating North … [Read more...] about DMZ: The world’s last Cold War frontier
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WHAT'S COMING UP AT G-20? This looks to be one meeting when bilateral meetings might be more in the spotlight, than what may actually happen at the summit. Take a look at the meetings that are planned: - US President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet China President Xi Jinping on Saturday. He will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. - Japan Prime Minister and G-20 Chairman Shinzo Abe is due to meet President Xi today (Thursday) and Mr Trump tomorrow (Friday). In all, he will have one-on-one talks with at least 17 leaders, including Mr Putin. But he has declined a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with bilateral ties not at their very best. The latest on Trump-Xi trade talks: The signals don't sound good. In his latest remarks, Trump has threatened to impose substantial additional US tariffs on goods from China, if there's no progress on a trade deal … [Read more...] about Asian Insider June 27: G-20 Summit; Huawei’s military links
Principally, Vietnam’s GDP growth reached 7.1% last year, beyond the forecast 6.7% and being the fastest rate of expansion in 11 years, and is expected to be 6.9% this year, while the one of Thailand was a mere 4.1% last year and was projected to be 4.0% this year. Obviously, the above-mentioned figures are quite impressive. Such an accomplishment has prompted an inquiry. Therefore, I returned recently to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, to see changes and reminisce with old friends and new ones to find out about the success story. Upon my request, a room was reserved for me at a hotel in the centrum of the City. From the Bong Sen (Lotus) Hotel, it’s in a walking distance to a number of famous touristic places. From the balcony, I can overlook the Dong Khoi Street, meaning “general uprising,” formerly known during the Vietnam War time as the Tu Do(Liberty) Street. It’s still a sleepless night street. I … [Read more...] about Vietnam: then and now and the future
TOKYO -- US President Donald Trump and "golf buddy" Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe teed off for a round of their favorite sport Sunday before heading to the sumo, as the 2 leaders cement a close diplomatic friendship. Under a cloudless sky with sizzling temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), the two world leaders hit the fairway at the Mobara Country Club course in Chiba, just outside the capital. Aerial footage on Japanese television showed the pair practicing their swings and driving off the tee, as well as putting on the manicured greens, accompanied by former professional golfer Isao Aoki. As Trump's Marine One helicopter thundered in, shattering the serenity of the course, a casual-looking Abe was there to greet him, sporting white trousers and a blue top. Trump was dressed in a red sweater and black trousers with a red USA cap. Abe later tweeted a selfie of the 2 grinning into the camera, as the pair relaxed before the formal element of Trump's 4-day trip … [Read more...] about News Trump tees up Japan summit with Abe golf match
SIX DEAD, 200 INJURED IN ELECTION PROTESTS After a day of relative calm yesterday as the long-awaited election results were finally announced, there was an outbreak of violence in the Indonesian capital today. A group of some 300 clashed with police on Wednesday morning. The Inspector-General told reporters that 14 vehicles, including three belonging to the police, were set on fire and some 58 “provocateurs” had been arrested. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan meanwhile said that six people had died and 200 others were injured. The big picture: Indonesia, Jakarta especially, has been tense since the April 17 election that featured a rematch between President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto. Fears of violence and terror attacks surrounding the official release of the results had prompted foreign missions like the US embassy to issue warnings of a “heightened risk of terrorism”, with the Indonesian government mobilising 32,000 troops to keep … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 22: In Indonesia, unrest “by design”?