Archive for January 5th, 2019

N Korean envoy to Italy vanishes _ did he defect?

N Korean envoy to Italy vanishes _ did he defect?

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior [...]
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Analysis: Kim’s vision of a coal-fuelled N Korean future may be tough to realise

Analysis: Kim’s vision of a coal-fuelled N Korean future may be tough to realise

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used his New Year speech to highlight coal as a “primary front” in developing the economy, he was making a case for what [...]
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Not a baby factory: Korea tries to fix demographic crisis with more gender equality

Not a baby factory: Korea tries to fix demographic crisis with more gender equality

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

In just over a decade, South Korea has spent the equivalent of a small European economy trying to fix its demographic crisis, yet birthrates have dropped to the lowest in the [...]
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Jo Song-gil: The N Korean ‘defector’ from Pyongyang’s elite who has vital knowledge of regime

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

The North Korean diplomat who has reportedly defected from Pyongyang’s embassy in Rome is from a prestigious diplomatic family and would have vital information on the [...]
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A look at high-profile defections from N Korea

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

North Korea’s top diplomat to Italy, who South Korea’s spy agency says has gone into hiding along with his wife, appears to be the latest member of the [...]
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Korea’s Spy Agency Says N Korea’s Top Diplomat in Italy Has Gone Into Hiding

Korea’s Spy Agency Says N Korea’s Top Diplomat in Italy Has Gone Into Hiding

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Time | 6:00 AM

North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, went into hiding with his wife in November, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday. A [...]
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Japan, Korea equally hungry for US beef

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Feedstuffs | 6:00 AM

South Korea edging forward to compete with Japan for same product. Japan remains the number-one export market for US beef products, but South Korea, which is currently the [...]
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‘Asylum-seeking’ N. Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A North Korean diplomat in Italy said to be seeking asylum is from a “prestigious diplomatic family” with both his father and father-in-law having worked in [...]
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China’s cyber police take aim at ‘negative information’ in new internet crackdown

China’s cyber police take aim at ‘negative information’ in new internet crackdown

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

China’s cybersecurity police announced a new campaign on Thursday targeting websites and web applications that spread what they called “negative [...]
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China’s loss-making start-up Luckin Coffee doubles down on subsidies to win customers from Starbucks

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Luckin Coffee, the loss-making challenger to Starbucks, is doubling down on its store expansion and consumer subsidies this year, with plans to open about 2,500 new outlets [...]
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Future of Malaysia’s China-backed East Coast Rail Link hinges on elusive report

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Beijing and Kuala Lumpur on Thursday sought to depoliticise the debate over a stalled China-backed megaproject in Malaysia, saying that negotiations on how to move forward [...]
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A real roasting: Coffee startup Luckin set to overtake Starbucks in China

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

After only a year in business, startup Luckin Coffee said Thursday it will open 2,500 stores this year to dislodge Starbucks and become China’s largest coffee chain. [...]
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China says US envoys due in Beijing for talks on trade fight

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

China’s government says American envoys will visit Beijing on Monday for talks on resolving a tariff fight that threatens to hobble global economic growth. The two days [...]
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US team to visit China for trade talks

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A US government delegation will visit China next week for the first face-to-face talks since President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart agreed on a temporary truce in [...]
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Why a $3.3 billion merger between Citic’s specialist units adds steel to China’s self sufficiency ambitions

05-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Shares in Chinese financial-to-industrial conglomerate Citic gained on Thursday after Daye Special Steel, in which it owns a 58.1 per cent stake, agreed to buy a 86.5 per [...]
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