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Thursday, May 16, 2002

All Korea, All the Time

The NY Times reports that Japan and China Intensify Dispute Over Korean Asylum Seekers. Apparently, the Japanese leaked word that a deal had been reached, which the Chinese promptly denied.

The video of a sobbing two year old girl being lead away by the Chinese police has been aired repeatedly by Japanese televison, and is creating domestic pressure on the Foreign Ministry. Where is Janet Reno to make herself useful?

In related news, the AP wire reports that the two North Koreans that had sought refuge in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing have been allowed to leave for Singapore. Their final destination is believed to be Seoul, although no one is saying so, which seems like a cute diplomatic touch.

The Washing Post has nothing on this story today, but here is a link to yesterday's news.
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