South Korea is often held up as an example of lightening-quick growth in Asia, but a recent murder in Seoul has many talking about a darker side of its society. Writer and researcher James Turnbull and Korea University’s Michael Hurt share their thoughts. Plus, Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office has stopped communicating with the government across the strait. What’s next for Beijing and Taipei? The RAND Corporation’s Scott Harold discusses. After a week of market volatility, what does all the Brexit mess mean? VOA Markets Reporter Jill Malandrino has the answers.
It’s called “One Country, Two Systems.” A principle outlined by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping that put forward the idea of one China, but special regions could be also be set up and administered separately. Last week one of the booksellers detained in 2015, Lam Wing-kee, said that he was abducted while on the mainland, and another of the five, Lee Bo, was taken from Hong Kong. Furthermore he stated his televised confession was a sham. This week VOA’s Steve Miller speaks to Demosisto party Chair Nathan Law, Hong Kong Democratic Party Chair Emily Lau, and Stratfor’s Thomas Vien.
This week VOA’s Steve Miller takes you to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, located on the National Mall. Aside from hosting an array of wondrous airplanes and spacecraft, the museum also tells how one small flight in 1903 took humans to the moon.
Bangladesh has rounded up thousands suspected of being involved in street killings. What’s the latest and what has been the effect? The Chinese economy continues to slow, but Beijing is expanding foreign investment. What does that mean for China, the region, and the world? Plus students in South Korea looking to attend US colleges might have a rougher go of things after ACT canceled all tests in that country.
It’s one of the most famous landmarks in Washington, DC — the Lincoln Memorial. But did you know it has a secret? Join VOA’s Steve Miller as he takes you inside the Lincoln Memorial and shares with you its secret.
After the Shangri-La Dialog and the recent US-China SED conferences, it appears that Beijing and many other nations aren’t going to come to any consensus soon regarding competing claims in the South China Sea. So, are we headed towards a new Cold War? Has one already started? Stratfor’s Thomas Vien has the answers. As a society, are we becoming too attached to social media? Are we losing our humanity in the digital age? Researcher Amanda Lenhart shares her findings in this week’s podcast. The Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte continues making controversial statements about journalists and killing criminals. What are these statements doing to the reputation and image of the nation? La Salle University professor Richard Heydarian and University of Hawaii’s professor Patricio Abinales discuss.
Washington, DC has no shortage of great places to visit… and also no shortage of secrets to be told. Today, I take you inside the Washington Monument to get a glimpse of something only those who’ve visited have seen.
What’s the state of press freedom in Asia and where could you find yourself in trouble for blogging or posting on social media? Reporters Without Borders’ Benjamin Ismaïl shares the latest. North Korea continues to defy the international community. Now that it’s been linked to a cyber banking heist, money laundering, and test fired another missile this week, the question on many people’s’ minds is, “Are sanctions working?” Troy University’s Daniel Pinkston and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Melissa Hanham discuss. Plus Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government threw its support behind a controversial bill that would see expanded punishment in Islamic courts. Human Rights Watch’s Brad Adams discusses the implications.
What are the implications of Obama’s visit to Hiroshima? EastWest Institute’s Jonathan Miller breaks it down. This month saw another street killing in Bangladesh. Why are these events continuing to take place? RAND Corporation’s Jonah Blank and BDnews24’s Toufique Khalidi weigh in. Plus Motor Trend’s Scott Evans shares his thoughts on why so many automakers are getting caught up in environmental testing scandals.