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In an era of strongman-leaders and deteriorating rule of law, I applaud S Korea for their progress. With one ex-president behind bars and now charges filed against another, S Korea is leading the way in Asia in terms of accountability and strong institutions.
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
  S Korea - US military drill to resume on April 1  
  A postponed South Korea-US joint military exercise will resume April 1, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, with its scope similar to that of previous years. South Korea’s Defense Minster Song Young-moo and his US counterpart Jim Mattis decided to resume the annual computer-based Key Resolve exercise and other field training, the ministry added.

However the announcement did not mention the main field training exercise, Foal Eagle, which usually accompanies Key Resolve and involves maneuvers by US and South Korean forces in the West Sea. Speculation is rampant that Foal Eagle is halved in length from two months to one. The North Korean military was notified of the resumption of the military exercise through the United Nations Command. The command repeated its usual assertion that the exercise is “defensive in nature.” During his meeting with South Korean special envoys last week, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un said he would “understand” if the drills went ahead.
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Warrant sought for arrest of ex S Korea president
Prosecutors on Monday requested an arrest warrant for former President Lee Myung-bak, who is suspected of 20 criminal charges including bribery, embezzlement and power abuse.
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Is Bangladesh headed for protracted Rohingya crisis?
Almost seven months into the latest round of influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh— around 700,000 have arrived since August 25 of last year—Myanmar has done next to nothing to show that it is serious about the implementation of the repatriation deal signed with Bangladesh and the safe return of the Rohingya.
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Xi hails Putin election
China is ready to work with Russia to boost mutual connections, deepen cooperation, jointly plan the development of bilateral relations in the next stage and lead relations into a new era, President Xi Jinping said.
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  Putin seeks stronger ties with Japan after elections  
  Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to strengthen his nation’s relationship with Japan, centering on economic cooperation, as he maintains a good rapport with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the most amicable relationship he has among the Group of Seven leaders, while facing continued confrontation with the United States and Europe. Putin secured his fourth term in Sunday’s presidential election.

However, it is presently difficult to expect Russia to make concessions to Japan on the issue of the northern territories, a focal point between the two nations, as Russia is concerned about the possible deployment of U.S. forces if the territories are returned to Japan. In a state of the nation address on March 1, Putin referred to Japan only twice. He first mentioned Japan as a country of longevity, and second as a site for the deployment of U.S. missile defenses. Positioning the Kuril Islands, which include the northern territories, as a strategic point to hold the United States in check, Russia has steadfastly continued a military buildup on locations including Etorofu and Kunashiri islands since 2016.
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