Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? It depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Her crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? It depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Her crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

The AP Interview: Korean leader cites North’s serious threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s spike in missile tests, growing nuclear ambitions and other provocative acts pose a “serious threat” that could lead to a dangerous miscalculation and spark a wider conflict, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday. Speaking with The Associated Press at the presidential office in Seoul, the conservative … Read more

Not discriminatory to Chinese travelers

South Korea on Tuesday hit back at claims that its Covid rules for Chinese travelers are “discriminatory,” saying more than half of its imported cases are coming from China. In a response to CNBC, Seung-ho Choi, a deputy director at the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said that up to 80% of “imported confirmed … Read more

China stops issuing short-term visas for South Koreans in retaliation for travel restrictions

Hong Kong CNN — Chinese authorities have stopped issuing certain visas to South Koreans and Japanese citizens as Beijing retaliates against recent Covid entry restrictions on arrivals from China. “Visas for business, tourism, medical treatment, transit and general private affairs will be suspended for South Korean citizens effective today,” the Chinese Embassy in Seoul said … Read more

Chinese are angry at South Korea and Japan

Travel restrictions launched in the wake of China’s border reopening may be affecting where people there are booking trips. But it’s not out of spite, said several Chinese travelers who spoke to CNBC. It’s because some countries aren’t letting them in, they said. ‘I think it’s unfair’ Reactions from Chinese travelers who spoke to CNBC … Read more

Seoul: Kim’s daughter reveals hints at prolonged family rule

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s disclosure of his daughter in recent public events was likely an attempt to show his people that one of his children would one day inherit his power in what would be the country’s third hereditary power transfer, South Korea’s spy service told lawmakers Thursday. … Read more

NKorea’s Kim orders ‘exponential’ expansion of nuke arsenal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the “exponential” expansion of his country’s nuclear arsenal and the development of a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, state media reported Sunday, after he entered 2023 with another weapons launch following a record number of testing activities last year. Kim’s moves are in … Read more

N. Korea fires 3 missiles amid tensions over drone flights

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters in its latest weapons display on Saturday, a day after rival South Korea conducted a rocket launch related to its push to build a space-based surveillance to better monitor the North. Tensions between the rival Koreas rose this week when … Read more

Asia-Pacific shares, China, yuan, Bank of Japan, Hang Seng index

Hong Kong’s John Lee announces further easing of measures Hong Kong will remove all mandatory PCR tests for inbound travelers, Chief Executive John Lee said in a press briefing announcing further easing of the city’s Covid restrictions. Lee added the city will also cancel the vaccine pass scheme, adding that the government will adopt “more … Read more