US Target in NK Missile Launch; China Sex-Ed Scandal Erupts; Duterte's Son Linked to Drugs

US Target in NK Missile Launch; China Sex-Ed Scandal Erupts; Duterte's Son Linked to Drugs
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What you need to know

Asia Morning Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

North Korea, U.S., Japan:

North Korea demonstrated its growing military capabilities with the launch of four ballistic missiles Monday, three of which fell into the Sea of Japan, in what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe characterized as “a new level of threat.” – Japan Times

Nuclear-armed North Korea's launch of four missiles on Monday was a training exercise for a strike on US bases in Japan, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency reported Tuesday. - MSN

U.S. President Donald Trump is unlikely to comply with North Korea's demand for direct talks over the latter's nuclear program, according to Trump's top security adviser. – The Korea Times

The U.N. Security Council plans to convene an emergency meeting on Wednesday, possibly to issue a statement rebuking North Korea for its new ballistic missile launches in breach of U.N. resolutions, diplomatic sources said Monday. – Kyodo News


China’s credit engine will keep humming this year, adding the rough equivalent of Germany’s annual economic output to its already massive stock of total social financing, according to estimates derived from the nation’s 2017 targets. – Bloomberg

The billionaire chief of Baidu, which is often referred to as China’s Google, has urged Beijing to further ease visa restrictions to attract overseas workers, some of whom might be put off by US President Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration policies. – South China Morning Post

A new series of sex education textbooks for elementary school students has triggered a fierce debate in cyberspace and beyond, with opponents criticizing them for barefaced eroticism. - People's Daily Online

Hong Kong:

Chinese state leader Zhang Dejiang has suggested that Hong Kong could be eclipsed by development in neighbouring Shenzhen within two years, as he warned that the city must not waste time on “politicizing” issues. – Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan, Japan:

Taiwan's government plans to change the name of the Association of East Asian Relations (AEAR) to the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, a proposal that is set to be submitted to the Executive Yuan for approval, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said on Monday during a legislative session. – Central News Agency (Taiwan)


If former Davao policeman Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas is to be believed, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, whose father, President Rodrigo Duterte is leading a war against illegal drugs, dipped his finger into the illegal drug trade himself. – Rappler

India, New Zealand:

An Indian national in New Zealand was assaulted, subjected to a racist tirade and told to go back to his own country during a road rage incident in Auckland, a media report said on Monday. – The Hindu

Editor: Edward White