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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