Ken Moritsugu

  • China Nov 16, 2019

    Chinese Troops Join Hong Kong Cleanup as Protesters Retreat

    Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semiautonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to end more than five months of often violent protest has fueled speculation that Beijing...

  • China Nov 14, 2019

    Hong Kong Endures More Transit Disruptions, Campus Violence

    Hong Kong residents endured a fourth day of traffic snarls and mass transit disruptions Thursday as protesters closed some main roads and rail networks while police skirmished with militant students at major universities. Police said protesters shot several arrows at them near Hong Kong Polytechnic University. None of the officers were injured, and six arrows were seized at the scene,...

  • Democratic Party Aug 31, 2019

    Hong Kong Police Storm Subway With Batons as Protests Rage

    Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs at government headquarters and set fires in the streets on Saturday, while police stormed a subway car and hit passengers with batons and pepper spray in scenes that seem certain to inflame tensions further in a city riven by nearly three months of pro-democracy demonstrations. Police had denied permission for a march to...

  • Associated Press Jul 28, 2019

    Police Fire Tear Gas as Hong Kong Protesters Block Roads

    Police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters occupied two areas at opposite ends of central Hong Kong following a mid-afternoon rally against police use of tear gas the previous Sunday. As night fell, one group that...

  • Associated Press Jul 22, 2019

    Hong Kong Crisis Escalates After Mob Attack on Protesters

    An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong on Monday as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying “central authority cannot be challenged.” The Chinese rebuke came after its Hong Kong office was targeted Sunday night by protesters who pelted it with eggs and spray-painted its walls. It made no...

  • China Jul 13, 2019

    Clashes Erupt as Hong Kong Protest Targets Chinese Traders

    Several thousand people marched in Hong Kong on Saturday against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Violent clashes broke out at the end of the march between police and a group of mostly young protesters who say they believe peaceful demonstrations have failed to bring about change. After...

  • China Jul 7, 2019

    Tens of Thousands in Hong Kong Take Message to Mainlanders

    Tens of thousands of people, many wearing black shirts and some carrying British colonial-era flags, marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, targeting a mainland Chinese audience as a month-old protest movement showed no signs of abating. Chanting “Free Hong Kong” and words of encouragement to their fellow citizens, wave after wave of demonstrators streamed by a shopping district popular with...

  • China Jul 7, 2019

    Tens of Thousands in Hong Kong Take Message to Mainlanders

    Tens of thousands of people, many wearing black shirts and some carrying British colonial-era flags, marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, targeting a mainland Chinese audience as a month-old protest movement showed no signs of abating. Chanting “Free Hong Kong” and words of encouragement to their fellow citizens, wave after wave of demonstrators streamed by a shopping district popular with...

  • Associated Press Jul 4, 2019

    Arrests in Hong Kong Raise Fears of More Violent Protests

    A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker expressed fears Thursday that the situation could worsen after police announced the arrests of more than a dozen people following protests earlier this week. Legislative Council member Claudia Mo called on people to understand the frustration and anger of the mostly youthful protesters, even if they have technically broken the law. “I am terribly worried...

  • Associated Press Jun 18, 2019

    Analysis: China Blinks, But Divide From Hong Kong Remains

    The leader of China, it turns out, may not be all-powerful. Faced with huge and disruptive protests in Hong Kong, China blinked. The decision to shelve the legislation that sparked the demonstrations shows that limits still exist to how hard China can, or is willing, to push. It also exposed a fundamental contradiction in the “one country, two systems” framework...

  • Associated Press Jan 4, 2019

    China Begins 1st Surface Exploration of Far Side of the Moon

    A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the moon’s far side. A photo posted online by...

  • Donald Trump Dec 10, 2018

    China Ups Pressure as Tech Exec’s Hearing Goes Into Tuesday

    A jailed Chinese technology executive will have to wait at least one more day to see if she will be released on bail in a case that has raised U.S.-China tensions and complicated efforts to resolve a trade dispute that has roiled financial markets and threatened global economic growth. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2018

    US: No Sanctions Relief Before North Korea Denuclearizes

    The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump’s concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump’s top diplomat insisting the president hadn’t backed down from his firm line on North Korea’s nukes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2018

    US: No Sanctions Relief Before North Korea Denuclearizes

    The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump’s concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump’s top diplomat insisting the president hadn’t backed down from his firm line on North Korea’s nukes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting...

  • Donald Trump Apr 13, 2018

    Trump Flips on Trade Pact, Weighs Rejoining Pacific-Rim Deal

    In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in office as part of his “America first” agenda. Trump’s request comes as he faces pressure from farm-state Republicans anxious that his protectionist trade...

  • Donald Trump Jan 10, 2018

    S. Korean President Open to Summit With North; Trump Tells Him US Could Approve

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Wednesday that he remains open to a summit with North Korea’s leader, if it would improve the strained relations between their two countries and help resolve the global standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons development. President Donald Trump later signaled he could approve of the talks, telling Moon that he’s open to U.S.-North...

  • United States Nov 20, 2017

    US Troops in Japan Banned From Drinking After Fatal Crash

    U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man. Police on the southern Japanese island arrested 21-year-old Nicholas James-McLean late Sunday on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Kazuhiko Miyagi...

  • America Oct 30, 2017

    ‘We’re Here’: Women Rescued After 5 Months at Sea Reach Dry Land

    Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground Monday at a U.S. Naval base in southern Japan. The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs about 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) southeast of Japan, and brought them to America’s White Beach Naval Facility...

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