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Apologies to the rest of the region but as the war of words escalate in East Asia, the focus should remain primarily on the Korean Peninsula. Hopefully cooler heads prevail and both sides de-escalate the tension.  
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  China calls US warship presence in South China Sea a violation  
 
     
 
  China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the trespassing of a US missile destroyer in China's territorial waters violated Chinese and international law, severely harmed Chinese sovereignty and security and seriously endangered the lives of soldiers at the front line.

Under the pretext of "navigation freedom", the USS John S. McCain destroyer traveled to the waters close to the reefs and islets of China's Nansha Islands on Thursday without China's approval, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website late Thursday.

China sent warnings to the destroyer and urged it to leave, according to the statement.
 
 
 
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North Korea outlines Guam attack plans
 
   
 
North Korea on Thursday threatened to fire four missiles around Guam in a detailed outline of attack on US territory as an escalating war of words fans fears over an armed clash.

A report by the North’s state media marked a second day of explicit threats against the US, in an apparent reaction to President Donald Trump’s warning Tuesday that any North Korean attack would be met with “fire and fury.”
 
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Guam attack could be threat to the survival of Japan
 
   
 
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday that if North Korea fires missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam where the United States has military bases, the action could constitute a “survival-threatening situation” enabling Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, the missiles could fly over Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures.
 
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Korea postpones environmental inspection of missile defense site
 
   
 
The South Korean government on Thursday postponed its plan to conduct a comprehensive environmental survey of a US anti-missile system deployed in Seongju, due to strong resistance from local residents and adverse weather conditions.
 
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China island building continues
 
   
 
A special investigation shows that China is continuing to build islands in the South China Sea
 
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