Democracy advocates in Hong Kong stand their ground and send a clear message to Beijing. Is China’s “Active Defense” strategy anything new and just what does it mean? Plus was Washington’s OPM hack consistent with China’s cyber warfare plans? These stories and more in this week’s podcast.
The South Korean MERS situation continues to remain fluid. This week in the podcast, host Steve Miller shares the most salient bits of information, to help paint a comprehensive picture of the current situation. How many are affected, did the WHO throw the South Korean government under the bus, and why is Seoul’s mayor in hot water are all addressed.
Ahead of Hong Kong’s historic vote on universal suffrage, I spoke with Emily Lau, Chair of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party to get her thoughts on the proceedings and the future. What’s the general mood and what is she concerned about what might transpire? We cover that in this exclusive interview.
Recently, the United States urged China and claimants in the South China sea to pursue a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in accordance with international law. China, then fired back that attempts at building a coalition against it were serving only the selfish ambitions of other nations.
Just what does China’s “Active Defense” strategy mean and what may we see in the upcoming months in the South China Sea? Scott Harold, Deputy Director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and a political scientist at the RAND Corporation breaks things down.
Briefly mentioned in last week’s Asia News Weekly podcast, the cyber attack on the US Office of Personnel Management is, by some accounts, unprecedented.The perpetrators haven’t been identified, but the source of the attack has been located: China.
That doesn’t mean Beijing is behind the attack, only that it originated there. This week, Martin Libicki, a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation discusses if this attack is consistent with China’s concept of “Active Defense” and what an appropriate response would be from the United States could be if a state-sponsored actor carried out the attack.
Some say ISIS is winning the war on some fronts, is Australia participating in state-sponsored human trafficking? Plus the DPRK shoots some missiles, confirms a purge, and loses a conscript. As we move towards the 50th anniversary of normalized relations between South Korea and Japan, can the two finally burry the hatchet? Those stories and more in this update.
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