ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Fire Drill; New US Base in Okinawa; Beijing-Pyongyang Flights Restart; US Reaffirms Support for Taiwan in WHA; Cambodian Maids Flock to Hong Kong

ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Fire Drill; New US Base in Okinawa; Beijing-Pyongyang Flights Restart; US Reaffirms Support for Taiwan in WHA; Cambodian Maids Flock to Hong Kong
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Air China, the only Chinese carrier with regular services to North Korea, will resume the flights between Beijing and Pyongyang on May 5 after a three-week suspension, state media reported on Tuesday. – South China Morning Post

Amid continued pressure from Beijing, Taiwan looks set to continue to receive the cold shoulder at a range of international events this year. – The News Lens

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty on Tuesday expressed support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA), as uncertainty looms over whether the country will receive an invitation to this year's event. – Central News Agency (Taiwan)

North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday (April 25) to mark the founding of its military as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes. – Reuters, via Straits Times

The heavy loss of incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to former education minister Anies Baswedan signals rising intolerance and demonstrates the influence of hard-line Muslim groups in Indonesia, spelling trouble for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and moderate Indonesians of all persuasions. – The News Lens

The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) first indigenously built aircraft carrier is being prepared for launch, a 23 April report carried by China Global Television Network (CGTN) - a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV) - has confirmed. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Cambodia agreed to help Hong Kong meet its growing demand for domestic workers on Monday by signing off on a pilot program that could see the first group of 1,000 maids arrive in the region before year’s end. – The Cambodia Daily

With North Korea believed to be ready to conduct a nuclear or missile test at any time, a Chinese newspaper warned the isolated country not to "pass the point of no return." – The Korea Times

The Japan government on Tuesday began building sea walls around a planned replacement facility for the U.S. Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture, taking another step forward with the controversial relocation plan. – Japan Times

The capture of the Maute group's camp in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur on Monday contained the potential establishment of an Islamic State caliphate in Mindanao, the Western Mindanao Command said. – The Philippine Star