New Suspects in North Korea Assassination; Chinese Uproar on Dalai Lama's US Visit; Japan-US Ties Under Trump

New Suspects in North Korea Assassination; Chinese Uproar on Dalai Lama's US Visit; Japan-US Ties Under Trump
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Asia Morning Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

North Korea:

Malaysian police have found that four more North Korean suspects were linked to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. - The Korea Times

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The situation on the Korean Peninsula may become more unpredictable with North Korea’s economy expected to be hit hard by a Chinese ban on buying its coal, and as the United States and South Korea prepare for joint military drills. – South China Morning Post

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United States:

California university’s decision to have the Dalai Lama speak at this year’s commencement ceremony has sparked uproar among Chinese students who see the choice as an affront. - Hong Kong Free Press

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Some 218 out of 269 people recently arrested in Spain for suspected involvement in telecom fraud have been identified as Taiwanese nationals, according to Taiwan's representative office in Spain. - Central News Agency

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A popular Tibetan singer freed after serving a four-year term for writing songs describing the hardships of Tibetans’ lives under Chinese rule has been barred by authorities from singing in public or from leaving his home town, sources say. - Radio Free Asia

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South Korea:

President Park Geun-hye has requested the Constitutional Court put off the final hearing on her impeachment to early March. - The Korea Times

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Days after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened political commentator Kim Sok with jail time for accusing the ruling party of murdering government critic Kem Ley, he was imprisoned on Friday on incitement and defamation charges. - The Cambodia Daily

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Japan plans to update its defense guidelines five years earlier than planned in hopes of strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance under the administration of President Donald Trumps, a government source said. - The Japan Times

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ASEAN and China bank on a 'fresh momentum' for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea, the Philippines says. - Rappler

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