Friday | April 3, 2015
Philippines resumes land reclamation projects in South China Sea (0:56)
Tensions are once more rising in the South China Sea, as both the Philippines and China resume land reclamation projects. Both nations say they have the right to carry out these activities, while at the same time condemning the actions of the other. To help sort this out, Scott Harold, Political Scientist and Deputy Director for the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at the RAND Corporation joins the podcast.
Thailand enters a new phase (13:15)
This week, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha lifted martial law in the Kingdom. However, that’s doesn’t mean things are going back to normal. He’s invoked Article 44, giving him expansive powers. Joining the podcast once more is Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations to put things into perspective.
Problems on the Korean Peninsula (15:13)
Two nations who simply can’t get along and consistently find ways to draw other nations into their troubled mix. This week Seoul and Pyongyang spar over THAAD, ICBMs, and alleged spies as President Park gets called out for how she handled the Sewol Ferry investigation.
Super Typhoon Maysak (21:28)
Typhoon Maysak is slated to make landfall in the Philippines this Easter weekend. It was once rated a category five story, but has since weakened. Joining me via Skype with the latest is Robert Speta from Western Pacific Weather.
Regional Updates (25:43)
Rounding out the podcast are a series of other stories from the region. Twelve people were killed and 11 houses buried after a landslide was triggered by heavy rain in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia. An important WWII museum opens in Guilin, southern China honoring the Flying Tigers. Plus news on Thailand’s airlines being downgraded, CERN powering up the LHC, and a South Korean criminal tries to get away.
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