Week in Focus: Taiwan is Shaken

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Hualien begins to recover as the South Korea's big moment arrives.

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Taiwan was hit by a series of earthquakes centered in Hualien this week, a disaster that killed at least 12 and injured hundreds more.

Rescue efforts have become a bit of a political flash point – Chinese offers to help were quickly rebuffed.


In China, the government has announced plans to crack down on VPNs, the most common way for locals and expats to access the global internet.

Gui Minhai, a Swedish bookseller detained in China, was the subject of a presumably coerced interview. Flanked by Chinese police, he claimed that he didn't want to leave China and that the Swedish government was using him as a pawn.


The situation in Myanmar has gotten a little clearer and a little sadder this week. Reuters published an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya in the village of Inn Din in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. The report was started by two journalists who are now awaiting trial for possession of state secrets.


It's not all grim news; the winter Olympics have started, and the two Korean teams walked together in the opening ceremony. Their united women's ice hockey team cooperated admirably but lost 8-0.

Taiwan has four athletes competing in this year's games – three speed skaters and one luger.

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