Kim Jong Nam’s Son Emerges; Trump Wins China Trademarks; Trash Clogs Ha Long Bay; China Writes South China Sea Rules

Kim Jong Nam’s Son Emerges; Trump Wins China Trademarks; Trash Clogs Ha Long Bay; China Writes South China Sea Rules
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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:

A video of a man describing himself as the son of assassinated North Korean exile Kim Jong Nam emerged Wednesday, apparently the first time a family member has spoken about the killing. - Japan Times

China, U.S.:

President Trump has won preliminary approval to register 27 new trademarks in China for industries including restaurants and advertising, business interests that could add to criticism over his potential conflicts. - The New York Times

A first draft of a code of conduct for behavior in the disputed South China Sea has been completed, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, adding tension in the waterway had eased notably. - Reuters

China, Philippines:

After a meeting with China's minister of commerce which yielded economic deals for the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte publicly expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government, particularly for his counterpart, President Xi Jinping. - Rappler


A senior executive of the Taiwan branch of Credit Suisse Group AG is under investigation for suspected insider trading, a Taiwan prosecutor said on Wednesday. - Reuters

At least 30 percent of the nation’s universities have signed letters of agreement with Chinese institutions promising not to include politically sensitive topics in courses offered to Chinese students, Deputy Minister of Education Yao Leeh-ter (姚立德) told lawmakers yesterday. - Taipei Times


Indonesia's Hindu resort island of Bali on Wednesday (March 8) defended a decision not to cover up any of its ubiquitous statues of deities and semi-naked women during a visit by the Saudi king. - AFP via Straits Times

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will kick off his campaign for the run-off Jakarta election on Wednesday (08/03) after attending another session of his blasphemy trial on Tuesday. - Jakarta Globe


The U.S. group studying the potential of what would be Cambodia’s first hydropower dam on the main stream of the Mekong River says its analysis could be finished by the end of the month, clearing the way for more detailed studies backed by business mogul Kith Meng. - The Cambodia Daily


Thirty people were killed during a rebel group’s attacks on a town in eastern Myanmar on Monday, the government said, in an escalation of a long-running conflict that had already forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee into neighboring China. - The New York Times

A Mandalay resident filed a lawsuit against Myanmar Now chief correspondent Ko Swe Win on Tuesday, accusing the reporter of insulting nationalist monk U Wirathu. - The Irrawaddy

North Korea, Japan, U.S.:

A new open-source intelligence analysis of North Korean state-run media by missile experts has shown what appears to be the hypothetical target of the country’s test-launches earlier this week: U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. - Japan Times


In order to keep Ha Long Bay relatively clean for tourists, local authorities in Quang Ninh province are currently struggling to deal with the massive amount of rubbish found in the bay on a daily basis. - Saigoneer

Editor: Edward White