TAB: Occupy Central Continues, Bodies Recovered From Japanese Volcano, PhiBlex Begins


Today's Asia Brief includes updates on Occupy Central's protest in Hong Kong, rescue efforts on Japan's Mt. Ontake, and start of PhiBlex.

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and this is The Asia Brief.

Tens of thousands of Occupy Central protesters continue to cripple Hong Kong, digging in deeper and fortifying their conviction to obtain the right to freely choose their own officials without interference from Beijing. Hong Kong officials pulled back deployed riot police on Monday, handing those assembled a victory of sorts and boosting morale. A protest on this scale is unprecedented in Hong Kong and neither side can afford to back down.

The bodies of five more hikers were found under the ash on the slopes of Mt. Ontake in Japan, bringing the death toll to 36. More than 200 soldiers and firefighters, including units with gas detection equipment, were part of the search mission near the peak, but they had to pull back because of toxic gas.

The Philippines and the United States have launched an annual military exercise in the South China Sea. The Philippine Bilateral Exercises, or “Phi-blex is comprised of about 5000 troops from both nations.

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THE ASIA BRIEF: Sept. 22, 2014


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It’s Monday, Sept 22nd, 2014, and this is The Asia Brief.

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong, called Mario in The Philippines, brought torrential rain and damage to the archipelago before setting course towards Taiwan where destruction followed. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga admitted there was little progress from North Korea’s search into Japanese Abductees. Thai police have requested assistance from the FBI to help pursue leads in the brutal killing or a pair of British tourists, while Indonesian authorities set to try American Tommy Schaefer for murder in Bali.

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SHOW NOTES

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.

Download the complete show notes here, with sources for this week’s podcast.

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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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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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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?

You can read the full text and download the mp3 here.

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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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