South Korea will deploy its first homegrown ship-launched cruise missile, the Cheonryong, with a 500 km range, on warships in the West Sea. The Cheonryong’s range allows it to potentially target North Korean missile bases while staying out of range of their missiles.
A Taiwanese general accused of spying for China since 2004 is the senior most official to be arrested on espionage charges since the 1960s. One Taiwanese lieutenant describes increasing Chinese infiltration into Taiwan as indicative of a ‘smokeless war.’
India and Pakistan will start new peace talks, broken off after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Some of the issues to be discussed will be India’s role in Afghanistan and the disputed Kashmir region.
Japan and Uzbekistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the development of natural resources, such as uranium and rare metals.
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