Benjamin Kang Lim

Military back Kim’s heir but will rule together

North Korea's new young leader Kim Jong-un will have to share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il.

North Korea’s heir debuts at giant military parade

Secretive North Korea's leader-in-waiting, the youngest son of ailing ruler Kim Jong-il, took centre stage during a massive military parade on Sunday.

Nobel prize for China dissident brings hope of change

China's band dissidents believe awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to one of their own could bring change to the world's most populous country.

North Korea digs in on US peace talks demand

North Korea will not return to nuclear disarmament negotiations unless the United States agrees to peace treaty talks and lifts sanctions.

Post-Games China to refocus on economy, stability

China's leaders will breathe a sigh of relief as the Beijing Olympics close, turning their attention back on the economy.

China warns of ‘life and death struggle’

China warned of a ''life and death'' struggle with the Dalai Lama on Wednesday, as it sought to end a wave of protests in its Tibetan regions with arrests and tightened political control. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has accused the Tibetan spiritual leader of masterminding the protests from his base in the Indian town of Dharamsala.

Tibetan riots spread, lockdown in Lhasa

Rioting erupted in a province neighbouring Tibet on Sunday, two days after ugly street protests by Tibetans against Chinese rule in Lhasa that the contested region's government-in-exile said had killed 80 people. A police officer said that about 200 Tibetan protesters had hurled petrol bombs and burnt down a police station.

China sets deadline for Tibetan rioters

China set a ''surrender deadline'', listed deaths and showed the first extensive television footage of rioting in Lhasa on Saturday, signalling a crackdown after the worst unrest in Tibet for two decades. Sources suggested China's official death toll of 10, just months before the Beijing Olympics, may not tell the full story.

N Korea eyes nuclear test in coal mine

North Korea is ''more or less ready'' to conduct a nuclear test deep inside an abandoned coal mine but might hold off it can win concesssions from the United States, a Chinese source briefed by Pyongyang said on Friday. The source said a device would be detonated about 2 000 metres inside a mine near the border with China in the north of the country.

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