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South Korea Deports Japanese Military Attaches, Boycotts Japanese Goods

South Korea’s feud with Japan continued escalating on Wednesday with reports that two Japanese military attaches have been deported for allegedly stealing confidential information about North Korea. Meanwhile, South Korean retail outlets are beginning to boycott Japanese goods and shoppers are turning away from Japanese imports.

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South Korean Lawmaker Claims Japan Violated North Korea Sanctions

A nasty diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan grew even more intense on Thursday as a South Korean lawmaker accused the Japanese of shipping banned materials to North Korea on 30 different occasions over the past 20 years, in some cases shipping items that were useful in the production of nuclear weapons.

This file photo dated 18 January 2001 shows trucks at the port in Osaka stopped beside the 16,104-ton North Korean freighter Dok Chon to load bags of rice for shipment in aid to North Korea. Most North Korean ships were effectively barred from entering Japan from 01 March 2005 as …

Japan Holds Naval Drills in South China Sea as China Tests Anti-Ship Missiles

Japan’s largest warship, the Izumo, completed joint drills with allies including the U.S., France, and Australia this week, demonstrating Japan’s improved ability to project power across the region – pointedly including ground actions on islands like the ones China has been militarizing. China just used those islands to conduct missile tests that a growing list of Asian powers found disturbing, as did the United States.

Japanese navy officers walk along the flight deck onboard the JS Izumo naval ship during a media tour at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 13, 2019. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Talks Syria, Iran, Venezuela with Trump at G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed opposing positions on the Syrian civil war, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, tensions with Iran, and other international issues with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit Friday, Russian media reported.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

China Censors War Film for Glorifying Taiwan’s Founders

Mainland Chinese censors scuttled the premiere of a lavish new historical epic called The Eight Hundred on Wednesday, apparently because they felt it glorified the Chinese Nationalist Party, which would go on to establish the Republic of China after the events depicted in the film. 

Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong in 1945

Hong Kong Activists Plan Show of Force Against China at G20 Summit

Hong Kong activists are determined to get their message out during the G20 summit, where mainland China has decreed no discussion of Hong Kong will be permitted. A new demonstration against the extradition bill favored by Beijing has been scheduled for Wednesday and a crowdfunding campaign is underway to finance front-page newspaper ads urging G20 nations to get involved despite China’s tirades against foreign interference.

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Erdogan, Trump to Discuss Turkey Buying Russian Missiles at G-20

The government of Turkey confirmed Tuesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with President Donald Trump in Japan this weekend as both attend the annual G-20 summit in Osaka. High on the list of discussion topics is Erdogan’s insistence of buying Russian surface-to-air missiles that violate NATO protocol.

Turkey vows not to be intimidated by Trump threats

Yemeni Rebels Hit Saudi Airport as Japanese PM Heads to Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Iran-allied rebels said they launched a cruise missile Wednesday at a Saudi airport, an attack the kingdom said hit the airport’s arrivals hall and wounded 26 people, just hours before Japan’s prime minister was expected in Iran for a historic visit aimed at defusing tensions in the Persian Gulf.

In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Hangzhou Exhibition Center to participate in G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. (Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP)