The United States conducts a B-52 overflight in the South China Sea, which garnered a response from Beijing, but that’s not the only nation conducting operations in disputed areas. Are we looking at a possible North Korean missile launch this week? South Koreans involved in a slavery ring take their government to task.
United States stays true to its word and conducts overflight operation
The United States carried out an overflight operation with two of its B-52s operating out of it Guam facilities. While the planes never came within the 15 nautical mile bubble reserved for sovereign territory, the mission draw the ire of China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Friday said Beijing opposes “the action of undermining China’s sovereignty and security under the pretext of freedom of navigation and overflight.” Which is interesting, since it claimed operations it conducted near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands were justified and legal.
Is the DPRK preparing for a missile launch?
North Korea has announced a week-long no-sail warning along its east coast. Military advisors speculate this might signal a missile test this week, but note it is unusual for the DPRK to conduct operations at this time of year.
Yonhap news reported a South Korean army official pointed out that North Korea has not typically launched missiles in the winter season, but added that “there are cases where they can be fired for political or military reasons, so [South Korea] will be observing the situation closely.”
Salt farming slaves sue South Korean government
Earlier this year, the Associate Press related a month long investigation into the horrific practice engaged in by many salt farms in the southern region of South Korea. The report detailed slave-like conditions where mentally handicapped individuals were kept for years. Now, a group of eight are seeking to sue the government for restitution.
Regional Headlines Not to Miss
What else is going on in the region? Scientists Warn of Health Damage From Indonesia’s Haze Fires; Thailand military reserve call-up law passed; Suu Kyi’s NLD party wins majority in Myanmar Parliament; Seoul court orders Japanese firm to compensate Korean wartime forced laborers; China welcomes IMF backing to make yuan world reserve currency; Justice minister vows to punish violent protesters.