Korea, China mark 25 years of ties
Thursday marks 25 years since South Korea and China normalized diplomatic relations. The presidents exchanged congratulatory messages at a time when ties between the countries have become increasingly strained.
Foreign Ministry officials in Seoul said Moon Jae-in and Xi Jinping hailed strengthening relations. But President Xi said in his message he also hopes to properly address recent differences.
China is angry about the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, known as THAAD*, in South Korea. On Wednesday, an organization affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry hosted an anniversary ceremony in Beijing.
*THAAD＝Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile（高高度迎撃ミサイル）
The leadership of the Communist Party did not attend. In 2012, the two sides jointly hosted several events celebrating the 20th anniversary.
Korea: Hydrogen bombs test successful
Pyongyang has fired a missile over Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. It split into three pieces before splashing into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday morning. Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have been high, after the American president ramped up his rhetoric against the reclusive country.
*Talking is not the answer! ＝話し合っても無駄だ！
North Korea announced it carried out a hydrogen bomb test on Sunday. On the same day, North Korea state media released pictures of leader Kim Jong Un at the country’s Nuclear Weapons Institute. They showed Kim inspecting a metallic object with a diagram behind him that says in Korean, “Hwasong-14 ICBM nuclear warhead”.
Rohingyas* flee violence
The United Nations says tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. There are growing humanitarian concerns. The conflict broke out in Rakhine State in the western part of the country last month when Rohingya militants attacked police and other locations.
*They are deprived of their identities and human rights.
*divide and conquer＝分割統治
Security authorities launched what they call clearance operations against the insurgents. The crackdown has been ongoing for more than a week. Myanmar’s military says nearly 400 people, mostly militants, have been killed. At least 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya villages.
The United Nations estimate at least 58,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, had fled to Bangladesh by Friday. Many refugees have been forced to stay outside due to overcrowded shelters with little access to food or medicine. UN Security-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he is deeply concerned by the reports of excess violence during the operations conducted by Myanmar’s security forces.
-It is incongruous for a symbol of righteousness to lead such a country; it is adding to our pain.
-As we witness the unfolding horror, we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again.
-We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people.