ASIA NEWS WEEKLY: Miller, Asian Games, and More

Matthew Miller gets 6 years in North Korea, Uighurs are sentenced for China’s 9/11, and the Asian Games bring the best athletes to South Korea. These stories and more are on the September 19th edition of Asia News Weekly.

Asia News Weekly returns with a summary of Asia-Pacific’s biggest stories. Leading off the podcast is the fate of American Matthew Miller. He was arrested while entering North Korea in April of this year and has now been sentenced to six years hard labor. What was he doing in North Korea and what could the verdict mean for Jeffery Fowle, another American being detained? Host Steve Miller breaks it down.

The courts in China this week heard several cases involving what it says are Uighur extremists. The Chinese courts convicted four of a deadly knife attack in Kunming that left 30 dead and 140 wounded. The event has had a lasting effect on the city, which still boasts a strong police presence. The trial of Ilham Tohti, a Uighur scholar critical of Beijing also began. He’s charged with promoting separatism.

Miller revisits the competing claims in the South China Sea, specifically between China and The Philippines. Last year, China revealed historical maps to support its claim of nearly 90% of the area. This past week, Manila decided to go the same route and reveal maps dating back nearly 1000 years that paint a different story.

Kim Tae-jong, Assistant Sports Editor of the The Korea Times joins Miller to discuss the 17th Asian Games that begin today (September 19, 2014). What are the games, what should we keep our eyes on, and how are ticket sales going are all answered by Kim.

The podcast concludes with The Weekly Brief. Miller recounts several of the biggest stories taking place throughout the region including a raid nabbing 15 suspected IS militants in Australia, the United States vowing not to curtail surveillance of China, the first trilateral meeting between China, South Korea, and Japan in two years, and more.

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The Asia Brief: 9.16.14


The Asia Brief: Indonesia, ISIS, IS, Thailand, Koh Tao, Philippines, US, China

It’s Tuesday, Sept 16th, 2014, I’m Steve Miller, and this is The Asia Brief.

Indonesian officials have arrested four individuals suspected of having ties to the Islamic State. Thai law enforcement personnel are investing the murder of two British nationals found naked on a beach in Koh Tao. American military forces prepare to being a base sharing plan in the Philippines, aimed at keeping a closer eye on China and bolstering the archipelago’s maritime defense.

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Show Notes

The Asia Brief – Sept. 15, 2014



Good morning. It’s Monday, September 15th, 2014, I’m Steve Miller, and this is The Asia Brief.

Typhoon Kalmaegi Hits the Philippines, Matthew Miller goes on trial in North Korea, and Signs of North Korea’s submersible rockets.

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Show Notes

ASIA NOW: Disgusting, but delicious Asian food

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Taking a trip to Asia can mean stepping outside your comfort zone. Today on Asia Now, three exotic food experiences: Kopi Luwak, Cobra, and Tarantulas.

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ASIA NEWS WEEKLY: July 4, 2014

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The July 4th edition of the Asia News Weekly Podcast discusses the following stories:

  • Japan’s Collective Defense
  • North Korea’s Missile Launches
  • Rebuilding Thailand
  • China meets opposition in Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • Depression in Korea
  • Peace in Mindanao?

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ASIA NOW: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Japan enacts collective defense, China’s Xi visits South Korea, detained Americans set to stand trial, and a touching wedding on today’s Asia Now podcast.

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Asia News Weekly – May 2, 2014

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The May 2nd edition of the Asia News Weekly Podcast discusses the following stories:

•    North Korean Updates (1:06)
•    Increased Military in the China Seas (4:46)
•    Traveling to the DPRK (7:48)
•    China claims new evidence of Japanese atrocities (17:15)
•    Marshall Islands Sues US and others (20:04)
•    Hong Kong and Philippines reach deal (22:59)
•    Updates on Sewol Ferry and MH 370 (26:57)

Links to all the stories can be found at AsiaNewsWeekly.net. While there be sure to share your thoughts by leaving them on the podcast page, Facebook, or by tweeting them to @AsiaNewsWeekly. You can reach the show by e-mailing podcast@asianewsweekly.net.

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Asia News Weekly – April 18, 2014

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The April 18, 2014 edition of the Asia News Weekly Podcast discusses the following stories:

•    South Korean Ferry Update
•    Is China a master cyber spy?
•    North Korean Drones expose weaknesses in South Korean Defenses
•    The Philippines Warns China
•    Comfort Women to have their day?
•    North Korean Refugee Rally
•    Tesla in China
•    A Cure for Cancer?
•    Kim Jong-un’s hair

Links to all the stories can be found at AsiaNewsWeekly.net. While there be sure to share your thoughts by leaving them on the podcast page or by tweeting them to @AsiaNewsWeekly. You can reach the show by e-mailing podcast@asianewsweekly.net.

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Hiking Mt. Pinatubo



While in the Philippines this past winter vacation, Jo and I tried to make the most of it. We of course met up with friends and family, but on our last day in-country, we managed to convince a dozen friends to join us as we traveled a few hours out of Manila to hike up the Mount Pinatubo volcano.

This is something Jo and I have wanted to do for some time, but never got around to it. Jo literally planned this trip with friends for a month, while we were cruising throughout Southeast Asia. When the day arrived, it started early – 1am early.

Once up and showered, we hopped in a taxi to grab some coffee and meet our friends. Since this is a trip that’s quite far from where we were, we opted to book with a tour company that included pick-up and drop off in Manila. Many of the tour companies will do this and make all the 4×4 arrangements as well.

A few more hours of shut-eye followed, as the driver made his way to the drop-ff point for Mt. Pinatubo. Once there, we left our 15-passenger van and signed in with the Tour Company. Since we had so many people, our group was divided into several 4×4 jeeps. These off-road vehicles would take us some 40 minutes up a riverbed and flow before the sun rose to the start of the trailhead.

The trail itself is fairly flat, measuring only 5km from the “parking area” to the crater lake. The last 20 minutes or so is the steepest, but nearly everyone in moderate physical shape should be able to make the hike up Pinatubo. The cost for this excursion varies, and is usually dependent on how many are in your party. The more you have, the cheaper it gets. The best deals are around 2,000pp.

Asia News Weekly – March 23, 2014

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North Korea is like Nazi Germany. Will China back down? And IKEA is finally coming to Korea. I’m Steve Miller. These stories and more are on the March 23rd edition of Asia News Weekly.

This Week’s Stories

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