Monday, April 29, 2013

Go East Old Man, Go East: South Korea or Bust ! Here I Come.

 Me and my wife will be going to S/Korea in one week. 
This will be our home  for the next six months once we get to S/Korea.

Talk about down sizing. :-)

I am doing my own personal Asian pivot, and hope to soon spend the rest of my years in Korea.
I will be signing off until I get wired up in Korea.
Which should not be too hard considering it is the most, and the fastest wired country on the planet.

My good friends RJS and Tony will be filling in once in a while. 

Thank you for checking out my blog. 
  I will be seeing you all from Korea.

May you find the peace that is within you. 

Hyundai rolls out plan for two new Dangjin plants

.Hyundai Motor Group said yesterday it will invest 1.12 trillion won ($1 billion) to build plants in Dangjin, South Chungcheong, to produce special steels and iron powder to support R&D efforts involving vehicle parts and components.

The automotive group controlled by Chairman Chung Mong-koo said the two plants will not only boost product quality, but help the entire automobile industry. The company estimates the two plants will have an economic impact of 6.1 trillion won and generate 22,000 jobs.  READ MORE

Pentagon Using China Satellite for U.S.-Africa Command - Bloomberg

Pentagon Using China Satellite for U.S.-Africa Command - Bloomberg

Rising Above the World is Fruit of Illumination

Photograph by Karin Kirsch

Listen: this world is the lunatic's sphere,
Don't always agree it's real,

Even with my feet upon it
And the postman knowing my door

My address is somewhere else.

~ Hafiz, The Gift ~

Chinese Researchers Pinpoint Origins Of H7N9 Avian Flu

Chinese Researchers Pinpoint Origins Of H7N9 Avian Flu | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, Technology and Medicine News Updates From Asia
Chinese Researchers Pinpoint Origins Of New H7N9 Avian Flu

Himalayan tensions serve US’ rebalancing strategy

April 29, 2013 M K Bhadrakumar
Fuelling India-China tensions is integral to the US’ containment strategy towards the Middle Kingdom, as it would compel Delhi to coordinate its Beijing policy with Washington’s.

Himalayan tensions serve US’ rebalancing strategy
It is difficult for any incumbent government in Delhi to reach a border settlement with Beijing in the foreseeable future in a spirit of give-and-take, mutual accommodation and fairness. Source: Reuters / Vostock Photo

The current tensions on the disputed India-China border – known delightfully for its vagueness as the ‘Line of Actual Control’ – in the western sector of the Ladakh region bordering China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region hark back to the scenario five decades ago when little skirmishes snowballed into a major outbreak of hostility. Fortunately, however, this tem around there is a fundamental difference, too, which obviates the danger of a catastrophic slide to armed conflict.
The ominous similarities lie insofar as the public opinion in India is immature and volatile and is highly susceptible to disinformation and xenophobia; the strategic discourses are pathetically ill informed and pedestrian in their paucity or virtual absence of scientific and rational analysis; and, even more dangerously, discourses often tend to become ideologically motivated rather than distilled out of national interests or borne out of realism – so much so that the doubts arise as to whose interests such Indian pundits are serving. READ MORE

INS Sindhurakshak arrives in India

INS Sindhurakshak arrives in India | Russia & India Report
INS Sindhurakshak arrives in India

Increasing Russia’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific | Russia & India Report

Increasing Russia’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific | Russia & India Report

A Complex Calculus: China’s North Korea Dilemma

A Complex Calculus: China’s North Korea Dilemma | The Diplomat

It remains in Beijing’s self-interest to provide aid to Pyongyang. The alternatives, like a North Korean collapse, could be far worse.
It appears that China is growing exasperated with instability on the Korean Peninsula. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell recently remarked that “The most important new ingredient [in the North Korean crisis] has been a recognition in China that their previous approach to North Korea is not bearing fruit. That they are going to have to be much clearer and much more direct with Pyongyang that what Pyongyang is doing is undermining Chinese security…. There is a subtle shift in Chinese foreign policy. You’ve seen it at the U.N., you’ve seen it in our private conservations… I don’t think that subtle shift can be lost on Pyongyang. It’s not in their strategic interest to alienate every country that surrounds them. I think they have succeeded in undermining their trust and confidence in Beijing.” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice similarly stated that the Chinese are   “very much of the view that Kim Jong-un has gone too far, and that this now is a situation that has the potential to directly threaten their interests in the region.” READ MORE

China’s Shifting Cyber Focus on Taiwan

China’s Shifting Cyber Focus on Taiwan | Flashpoints

How to Deter Taiwan Clash
Hackers from the Chinese military appear to have shifted the focus of their attacks against Taiwan from government institutions to the civilian sector, including think tanks, telecommunications, Internet nodes, and traffic signal control systems, the island’s top civilian spy agency said in a new report.
The report, submitted by the National Security Bureau (NSB) to the Legislative Yuan prior to a briefing on countermeasures on April 29, did not venture reasons why the PLA’s General Staff Department was now turning its sights on civilian infrastructure, nor did it indicate whether this alleged shift was part of a larger trend or was specific to Taiwan.

Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: A “Core Interest” of China

Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: A “Core Interest” of China | Flashpoints

Even as tensions with North Korea remain unresolved, East's Asia other flashpoint is once again in the headlines: the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
Over the last several weeks, several incidents have increased tensions between China and Japan.
Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a cypress tree branch to the Yasukuni shrine. Members of his cabinet have also visited the shrine, as recently as Administrative reform minister Tomomi Inada on Sunday.
The visits have increased tensions with Beijing as well Seoul. Both nations view the shrine as a symbol of the pain and anguish both suffered during a time of Japanese aggression and imperial conquest. 

Malaysian parties signal pro-market measures after election

Malaysian parties signal pro-market measures after election - World Socialist Web Site

The campaign for Malaysia’s May 5 election is now in its final week. In what is likely to be the closest result in the country’s history, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition Peoples Alliance (PR) are pledging to lift the living standards of voters, while signalling to big business their willingness to impose austerity.
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)—the main BN partner—has controlled the government since independence in 1957, but could lose office. It has promised to increase annual cash payments to poor households, construct one million cheap homes and subsidise car prices. In the run-up to the election, it has already handed out bonuses for public servants and employees of state-owned enterprises, as well as pay increases for the military and police READ MORE

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ancient Korean history is still alive in Gyeongju

Indonesia offers slum dwellers a way out

Japanese PM's cowardly philosophy lacks humanity

Commentary: Japanese PM's cowardly philosophy lacks humanity - Xinhua |

Not going away: A statue of a seated young Korean girl symbolizing the 'comfort women' is set up in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in December 2011. | KYODO
By Xinhua writer Yan Hao
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- History is not written by politicians. However, they are responsible for upholding a humanistic and morally sound philosophy regarding history.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this week that the word "aggression" has no established international definition, adding that situations that occur between different nations look different depending on which side they are viewed from.
However, there is a clear definition of the word, at least in academic terms. One definition of the word, as provided by Merriam-Webster, describes it as "the practice of making attacks or encroachments, especially an unprovoked violation by one country of the territorial integrity of another."
The attitude that a person or nation holds toward an action that violates humanity depends on whether the person or nation stands on the side of good or evil.
During World War II, Japan created and promulgated a concept called "the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" as an excuse for its invasion and occupation of China and other neighbors.
But what Japanese invaders defined as "co-prosperity" resulted in casualties, misery and tragedy in the eyes of people in China and the Korean Peninsula.
Abe and other politicians in Japan should understand that challenging the international consensus regarding Japan's invasion will not help justify Japan's military buildup.
If Japan fails to face history and reflect upon it, the country will bear a cowardly political image and will fail to finally say farewell to its fascist past.
Abe is neither a historian nor a judge. But as the leader of a major world economy, he is responsible for upholding the basic sense of right and wrong that is shared by most of mankind.
Editor: Zhu Ningzhu

The 20 Best Airlines In The World - Business Insider

The 20 Best Airlines In The World - Business Insider

1. Singapore Airlines

I will be flying Singapore Air  for the second time when I travel to S/Korea next month. 
Not only do they rank #1, they are also the least expensive. Go figure. 
Plus they allow TWO pieces of free check in luggage of 50lbs. each. 
The man in the photo is handing out hot towels.
That part of the service starts moments after the seat belt light goes off.
The service is far above all others.
They also offer a great vegetarian meal that can be ordered before take off. 
Happy flying and see you all in Korea. :-)

Shinzo Abe's inability to face history

From the moment last fall when the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reclaimed the office of five years earlier that he had bungled away, one question has stood out: Would he Restrain his nationalist impulses - and especially his historical revisionism to make progress for Japan?

this week, the answer to that question was looking positive. Abe has taken brave steps toward reforming Japan's moribund economy. He defied powerful interest groups within his party, such as rice farmers, to join free-trade talks with the United States and other Pacific nations that have the potential to spur growth in Japan. He spoke in measured terms of justifiable His desire to increase defense Spending.

On the part of the Wall Street journal, it criticized Abe in an article titled "One man's invasion" that Abe's recent activities and comments are deeply flawed.

This week he seemed willing to put all the progress at risk. Asked in parliament whether he would reconsider an official apology that Japan issued in 1995 for its colonization of Korea in the past century, Abe replied: "The definition of what constitutes aggression has yet to be established in academia or in the international community. Things that happened between nations will look differently depending on which side you view them from the "

Officials in South Korea and China responded with Fury, and understandably so. Yes, history is always being reinterpreted. But there are such things as facts. Japan occupied Korea. It occupied Manchuria and then the rest of China. It invaded Malaya. It committed aggression.Why Decades after Germany solidified its place in Europe by facing history honestly, are facts so difficult for some in Japan to acknowledge 

Is Kirghizstan the next Afghanistan or Pakistan?

Is Kirghizstan the next Afghanistan or Pakistan?

Returning to the Land or Turning Toward the Sea? India’s Role in America’s Pivot | The Diplomat

Returning to the Land or Turning Toward the Sea? India’s Role in America’s Pivot | The Diplomat

China is pushing the U.S. and India closer. Are they focusing on the wrong set of challenges?
Few diplomatic overtures have generated loftier expectations in recent years than Washington’s rapprochement with New Delhi. Frequently at loggerheads during the Cold War, then kept apart by the U.S. commitment to counter-proliferation and India’s pursuit of a nuclear deterrent, the two sides have never had a warm relationship. That began to change during the George W. Bush administration, a transformation that was symbolized by a controversial agreement allowing the United States to sell civilian nuclear technology to India, despite its status as a nuclear-armed nation that is not recognized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Obama administration has since picked up where its predecessor left off. The president, for example, has called India a“natural ally” of the United States, while his former secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, declared that India was “a linchpin” of America’s pivot to the Asia-Pacific.  READ MORE

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Human mummies exhibited in Singapore - Xinhua |

Human mummies exhibited in Singapore - Xinhua |

Human mummies exhibited in Singapore

Malaysians Eye Major Shake-up in Upcoming Election (LinkAsia: 4/26/13)

US seeks military presence in Maldives | Russia & India Report

US seeks military presence in Maldives | Russia & India Report

April 26, 2013 M K Bhadrakumar
In a dramatic turn to the Great Game in the Indian Ocean, the United States’ strategies towards the island archipelago of Maldives have come under the scanner.

US seeks military presence in Maldives
Malé, capital of Maldives. Source: Alamy/Legion Media

The intriguing ‘leak’ of a draft Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] between the United States and the Maldivian government has led to reluctant confirmation by both countries that they are indeed involved in discussion with each other to conclude such an agreement.
The draft agreement “incorporates the principal provisions and necessary authorisations for the temporary presence and activities of United States forces in the Republic of Maldives and, in the specific situations indicated herein, the presence and activities of United States contractors in the Republic of Maldives.”
However, the US embassy in Colombo has maintained that “There are no plans for a permanent military base in Maldives. SOFAs are normal practice wherever the Unites States cooperates closely with a country’s national security forces. SOFAs generally establish the framework under which US personnel operate in a country when supporting security-related activities and the United States is currently party to more than 100 agreements that may be considered a SOFA.”
On the other hand, the draft SOFA is a sweeping document which says, “The Republic of the Maldives authorises United States forces to exercise all rights and authorities with Agreed Facilities and Areas that are necessary for their use, operation, defence or control, including the right to undertake new construction works and make alterations and improvements.” READ MORE

N. Korea's crazy act does not mean it's suicidal - ANN

N. Korea's crazy act does not mean it's suicidal - ANN

Amazing. A terrorist bomb goes off in Boston, a fertiliser plant explodes in Texas and miraculously, the "simmering tensions" on the Korean peninsula suddenly don't seem to matter any more. In fact, they have evaporated.

But were they really "simmering"? While the international media may have decided they were, how many times are we going to take Pyongyang's rhetoric seriously when any precipitative action with nuclear weapons would turn the country into a carpark?

North Koreans aren't suicidal - even if they have done some crazy things in the past. The South Koreans, surely the best barometer, heard most of it before and simply got on with life.

Because the latest threats came on the same day as the Boston bombing, which just happened to be North Korean founder Kim Il Sung's birthday, they didn't stand a chance of making it on the evening news. In fact, nothing else did either


Made in Bangladesh: The Terror of Capitalism by VIJAY PRASHAD

On Wednesday, April 24, a day after Bangladeshi authorities asked the owners to evacuate their garment factory that employed almost three thousand workers, the building collapsed. The building, Rana Plaza, located in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, produced garments for the commodity chain that stretches from the cotton fields of South Asia through Bangladesh’s machines and workers to the retail houses in the Atlantic world. Famous name brands were stitched here, as are clothes that hang on the satanic shelves of Wal-Mart. Rescue workers were able to save two thousand people as of this writing, with confirmation that over three hundred are dead. The numbers for the latter are fated to rise. It is well worth mentioning that the death toll in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City of 1911 was one hundred and forty six. The death toll here is already twice that. This “accident” comes five months (November 24, 2012) after the Tazreen garment factory fire that killed at least one hundred and twelve workers.
The list of “accidents” is long and painful. In April 2005, a garment factory in Savar collapsed, killing seventy-five workers. In February 2006, another factory collapsed in Dhaka, killing eighteen. In June 2010, a building collapsed in Dhaka, killing twenty-five. These are the “factories” of twenty-first century globalization – poorly built shelters for a production process geared toward long working days, third rate machines, and workers whose own lives are submitted to the imperatives of just-in-time production. Writing about the factory regime in England during the nineteenth century, Karl Marx noted, “But in its blind unrestrainable passion, its wear-wolf hunger for surplus labour, capital oversteps not only the moral, but even the merely physical maximum bounds of the working-day. It usurps the time for growth, development and healthy maintenance of the body. It steals the time required for the consumption of fresh air and sunlight…. All that concerns it is simply and solely the maximum of labour-power that can be rendered fluent in a working-day. It attains this end by shortening the extent of the labourer’s life, as a greedy farmer snatches increased produce from the soil by reducing it of its fertility” (Capital, Chapter 10).
In the rubble of Rana Plaza. Photo by Taslima Akhter.

China May Have Helped Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Design, Newly Declassified Intelligence Indicates

China May Have Helped Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Design, Newly Declassified Intelligence Indicates



Who Killed General Zia Of Pakistan? Perhaps The Israelis, The US, Moscow; He Implemented Sharia Law And His Murder Remains Unsolved 25 Years Later

Who Killed General Zia Of Pakistan? Perhaps The Israelis, The US, Moscow; He Implemented Sharia Law And His Murder Remains Unsolved 25 Years Later

Japan stirs Campbell's US 'pivot' soup

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Japan stirs Campbell's US 'pivot' soup
By Peter Lee

Oscar Wilde wrote, "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." Perhaps this is how Kurt Campbell feels today.
Campbell, after all, as assistant secretary for East Asia in Hillary Clinton's State Department, was a key architect and proponent of the "pivot to Asia", which was meant to elicit satisfactory behavior from China - and, in the process, demonstrate US leadership and relevance - by confronting the PRC with a phalanx of Pacific democracies (plus Vietnam of course) determined to impose liberal security, economic, and human rights norms on the rogue superpower.
The inevitable result of US backing has been an increased
willingness of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan to stand up to China, which has contributed a virtuous cycle of Chinese hostility and a further defensive cleaving of the smaller nations to the United States.
The less-than-desirable by-product has been the tendency of the pivot's designated junior partners to tug at the dragon's whiskers for national and domestic political reasons, secure in the knowledge that the United States must back them up, even if the confrontation runs contrary to long-term US interests and objectives for the region.
In the case of Japan, adventurism has gotten out of hand, and the US is responding with anxiety, a shift in policy, and a sea-change in nomenclature.
History will judge if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the architect of Japan's renaissance, or merely an opportunistic and short-sighted nationalist. In any case, he has already demonstrated a willingness to stir the Pacific pot in ways that excite the anxiety of the United States. READ MORE

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea | FPIF

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea | FPIF

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. While the acute tensions of the past month appear to be receding—all of the parties involved seem to be taking a step back— the problem is not going to disappear, and unless Washington and its allies re-examine their strategy, another crisis is certain to develop.
A little history. 
In the spring of 1994, the Clinton administration came very close to a war with North Korea over Pyongyang’s threat to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, expel international inspectors, and extract plutonium from reactor fuel rods. Washington moved to beef up its military in South Korea, and according to Fred Kaplan in the Washington Monthly, there were plans to bomb the Yongbyon reactor.
Kaplan is Slate's War Stories columnist and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.
“Yet at the same time,” writes Kaplan, “Clinton set up a diplomatic back-channel to end the crisis peacefully.” Former President Jimmy Carter was sent to the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of North Korea (DPRK) and the Agreed Framework pact was signed, allowing the parties to back off without losing face. READ MORE

Getting Japan to guzzle American natural gas-The Korea Herald

Getting Japan to guzzle American natural gas-The Korea Herald

     HERE IS the board of directors for the Peterson Institute.
Please read the list before you read the article.
It is a list for some of the shadows behind the curtain of who runs America and the world.

China cancels top finance meet amid tensions: Japan-The Korea Herald

China cancels top finance meet amid tensions: Japan-The Korea Herald

Julia Gillard’s China Play | The Diplomat

Julia Gillard’s China Play | The Diplomat


Debunking Panorama Paranoia: North Korea Tour Leader Simon Cockerell | The Diplomat

Debunking Panorama Paranoia: North Korea Tour Leader Simon Cockerell | The Diplomat

Simon Cockerell of Koryo Tours on what it's really like to visit North Korea.
Last week BBC caused a furor in international media when word got out that its reporter John Sweeney, posing as a PhD student, entered North Korea undercover with a group of students from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Sweeney was sent to the North to report for the prime-time BBC program Panorama.
Most media reports focused on the potential danger to students posed by Sweeney’s ruse, while at least one in theHuffington Post underscores the fact that Sweeney’s covert reportage could have put North Korean tour guides in a perilous position.
Aside from verifying what is already widely known about North Korea – it’s poor, it’s tightly controlled, military presence is always close at hand – reports tend to offer only skewed accounts. Hence the rife misconceptions about what North Korea is like – especially amid recent tensions – and the media’s grossly simplified portrayals of the local tour guides who bridge the nation with the outside world, albeit in a limited way.
The Diplomat recently spoke with Simon Cockerell of North Korea tour operator Koryo Tours in Beijing. In this interview, Cockerell shares his observations on what it’s been like to be inside North Korea in recent days, the intricacies of tourism to the nation and the humanity of its misunderstood tour guides. He describes a very different experience to the one Panorama presented.
For perspective, how many times have you been to North Korea? READ MORE

Kowloon Walled City: Anarchy and Inspiration in the City of Darkness | Asia Life

Kowloon Walled City: Anarchy and Inspiration in the City of Darkness | Asia Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

China 'Won't Accept N.Korean Nuclear Armament'

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - China 'Won't Accept N.Korean Nuclear Armament'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday assured South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se that Beijing will not tolerate North Korea's nuclear arms, according to a diplomatic source. 

In a meeting with Yun in Beijing, Li stressed it is China's consistent policy to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. 

The same day, senior Chinese apparatchik Wang Jiarui voiced support for South Korea's offer of talks between Seoul, Beijing and Washington to ease tensions on the peninsula. So far China had been opposed to the idea. Wang called for North Korea to be involved as well. 

Yun said he told Wang that Seoul cannot accept Pyongyang's demands that any disarmament talks between the two Koreas should exclude the issue of denuclearization.

South Korea and China also agreed to install a diplomatic hotline linking the two foreign ministers. / Apr. 25, 2013 09:08 KST

Abe Denies Japan Invaded Asian Neighbors

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Abe Denies Japan Invaded Asian Neighbors

In a further lurch to the far right, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers on Tuesday that he does not believe Japan's occupation of other Asian countries during World War II can be considered "invasions." 

Abe claimed there are no set international or academic definitions of the word. "It depends on the point of view of individual countries," he said, referring to a statement in 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, which apologized to all Asian victims of Japanese aggression and from which rightwingers are scrambling to distance themselves.

Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 and invaded China and several Southeast Asian nations during an aggressive expansion to create what was billed as the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere." 

Experts here slammed Abe's remarks. Ko Sang-tu at Yonsei University said, "That is simply absurd. It's like saying Hitler's invasion of Poland wasn't really an invasion. If a German chancellor had said the same thing, he or she would have had to resign."  READ MORE

Billionaire wins S Korean parliamentary seat

South Korean Economic Growth Quickens to Fastest Pace in 2 Years - Bloomberg

South Korean Economic Growth Quickens to Fastest Pace in 2 Years - Bloomberg

Japan’s rightward shift dampens prospects of regional cooperation Abe makes nationalist remarks denying past, repeating claim to Dokdo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) discusses with Finance Minister Taro Aso at the Upper House‘s budget committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo on Tuesday. (AFP-Yonhap News)
Japan’s rightward political shift is exacerbating historical enmities harbored against it by South Korea and China, further dampening the prospects of regional security and economic cooperation.

This week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a series of nationalist remarks that apparently denied his country’s colonial invasion of the Korean Peninsula and repeated a claim to Dokdo.

On the back of more than 70 percent public support buoyed by his economic stimulus policy, the security hawk told a parliamentary session Tuesday that there was “no clear definition of an invasion internationally and academically,” inviting virulent criticism from South Korea and China. 

On the same day, during a forum over territorial sovereignty, Abe stressed, “It is crucial to squarely instill Japan’s position and thoughts (about territorial rows) in the international community.”

As if to highlight the country’s refusal to atone for its past militarism, a group of 168 Japanese lawmakers ― the most in recent memory ― visited the Yasukuni Shrine Tuesday that enshrines its top war criminals. 


N. Korea seeking to develop tourism industry | YONHAP NEWS

N. Korea seeking to develop tourism industry | YONHAP NEWS

HERE are more great photos of Wonsan North Korea

Australia Becomes The Third Country To Establish Direct Currency Trading With China, Says It Will Hold 5% Of Its Reserves In Yuan

Australia Becomes The Third Country To Establish Direct Currency Trading With China, Says It Will Hold 5% Of Its Reserves In Yuan

China's Share Of Australian Trade

Cho Myeong-ha, Devotes his Youth to Korea’s Independence

<strong>Cho Myeong-ha, </strong> Devotes his Youth to Korea’s Independence
『Young men in Korea, defend your country stoutly. If you lose your country, where can you find freedom, justice and peace? Stateless people will only see slaves’ humiliation and wandering. 』
These words are inscribed on the statue of patriotic martyr Cho Myeong-ha in Seoul Grand Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province.
Leaving for Japan with Ardent Wish for Korea’s Independence 

Cho Myeong-ha was born in Songhwa(송화) County, Hwanghae Province on April 8th, 1905, as the second son in a family of four sons and one daughter. It is said that he was an intelligent and upright man. In March 1926, Cho began to work at the Sincheon(신천) County office, which was a Japanese organization at the time. After hearing about pioneering independence activists such as Kim Gu and Roh Baek-rin(노백린), who had also been born in the same province, Cho was determined to throw himself into the independence movement. To join the anti-Japanese movement, he believed that he should learn more about Japan, the colonial ruler. His friends gave him some money to use for travel expenses, and he crossed the Genkai Sea to go to Osaka, Japan

Leaving for Taiwan for Anti-Japanese Movement  READ MORE

The Wonderful World of Korean Food

Tibet Gets Its First Professional Telescope

Tibet To Get Its First Professional Telescope
Tibet Gets Its First Professional Telescope | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, Technology and Medicine News Updates From Asia

AsianScientist (Apr. 22, 2013) – A sub-millimeter radio telescope owned by the University of Cologne in Germany will be relocated to China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
It is currently being tested at the Yangbajain Astronomical Observatory at Yangbajain Township near Tibet’s capital of Lhasa.
According to Wang Junjie, a researcher with China’s National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the KOSMA telescope was dismantled and relocated from the Swiss Alps in 2009 as part of an initiative dedicated to joint research between the University of Cologne and several Chinese institutes. READ MORE

Energy Security In The Asian Century

Energy Security In The Asian Century | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, Technology and Medicine News Updates From Asia
Energy Security In The Asian Century

AsianScientist (Apr. 15, 2013) – Asia’s energy use would lead to a doubling of carbon dioxide emissions unless it fundamentally changes the way it consumes energy, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.
“Asia could be consuming more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, and without radical changes carbon dioxide emissions will double,” said ADB Chief Economist Changyong Rhee. “Asia must both contain rising demand and explore cleaner energy options, which will require creativity and resolve, with policymakers having to grapple with politically difficult issues like fuel subsidies and regional energy market integration.”
Asia’s Energy Challenge, the special theme chapter in ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2013 (ADO 2013) released on April 9, highlights the complex balancing act the region faces to deliver energy to all its citizens while scaling back its reliance on fossil fuels.
Without fundamentally changing the way it consumes energy, the report predicts the region’s oil consumption will double by 2035, natural gas consumption will triple, and coal consumption will rise a whopping 81 percent.
Asia has great potential in shale gas, with China having the world’s largest endowment. But technical uncertainties such as leakage and water contamination must be addressed, says the report.
The Fukushima disaster powerfully underscored the risks of nuclear power, but a phase out of nuclear energy would see a sharp spike in fossil fuel use, it says. READ MORE

South Korea: Park to propose `Northeast Asia Peace Pact '

President Park Geun-hye speaks during a luncheon with managing editors of newspapers and broadcasters at Cheong Wa Dae, Wednesday.
/ Cheong Wa Dae press corps

By Oh Young-jin, Kim Tae-gyu

President Park Geun-hye will propose a regional peace pact that includes South and North Korea, China and Japan during her visit to the United States next month. The U.S. may also be invited to join the pact.
“We need to take steps to ensure peace where we can,” President Park said during a luncheon meeting with a group of newspaper and television news managing editors at Cheong Wa Dae, Tuesday.
“North Korea will be invited,” the President said, calling it, “The Northeast Asia Peace Pact” or, briefly, the “Seoul Process.”
Park said her proposal is aimed at building confidence among countries in the region.
“We may start with joint steps against terrorism, climate change and nuclear power,” she said, indicating that this will be expanded to more sensitive political issues.
Park said that she will take it to her May 7 Washington summit with President Barack Obama but didn’t say whether the U.S. will take an active role in the pact, whether as a signatory or observer.
“We have to challenge the Asia Paradox,” she said, referring to the western observation that Asian countries cooperate economically but quarrel with each other politically. READ MORE