ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea's Rare Warning for China; More US Sanctions; 5 Nation TPP; Taiwan’s New China Relations Proposal

ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea's Rare Warning for  China; More US Sanctions; 5 Nation TPP; Taiwan’s New China Relations Proposal
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What you need to know

A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

North Korea has issued a rare warning to China over criticism carried by Chinese state-owned media of Pyongyang's development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

The US House of Representatives on Thursday (May 4) overwhelmingly voted in favour of broadening sanctions against North Korea, including efforts to cut the regime's sources of international financing. – AFP via Straits Times

An idea has emerged that the Trans-Pacific Partnership can take effect among at least five nations including Japan, Australia and New Zealand, instead of 12, sources involved in the negotiations said. – The Japan Times

A record number of South Koreans have taken part in early voting in the presidential election, attesting to high voter attention, the election management office said Friday. – The Korea Times

The U.S. Navy abandoned efforts to convict a Taiwan-born Navy officer of spying for China or Taiwan, striking a plea deal on Thursday that instead that portrays him as arrogant and willing to reveal military secrets to impress women. – Associated Press via Bloomberg

A new proposal put forward by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as a basis for cross-strait relations is consistent with the government's longstanding policy of maintaining regional peace and stability, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said on Wednesday. – Central News Agency

North Korean imports of fuel products from China all rose in March, though not to levels that might imply the DPRK was stockpiling ahead of a reported shortage in Pyongyang. – NK News

The Vatican and Burma established full diplomatic relations on Thursday, minutes after Pope Francis met with the country’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. – The Irrawaddy

A new satellite image of central Cambodia shows continued clear-cutting of thousands of hectares of healthy forest inside one of the country’s protected areas, five years after the government announced a major crackdown on such logging by rubber plantations. – The Cambodia Daily

Vietnam has rejected China’s unilateral ban on fishing in the East Sea from May 1 to Aug. 16., the country’s foreign minister said yesterday. – Vietnam News

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has estimated that 7,600 Hong Kong people migrated overseas in 2016. The figure was the highest over the past three years. – Hong Kong Free Press

Less than 24 hours after he was arrested by authorities in Bohol, Abu Sayyaf member Saad Samad Kiram was gunned down early Friday, May 5, after he allegedly tried to escape, police officers said. – Rappler