President Donald Trump's staff and Chinese officials reportedly fought over the U.S. "nuclear football" during a visit to China last November, Axios reported on Sunday.Five unnamed sources told the news and information website that the "skirmish" between Chief of Staff John Kelly, a U.S. Secret Service agent and Chinese officials took place during Trump's trip to Beijing's Great Hall of the People.The nuclear football is a briefcase that contains military plans and communication tools that the president can use to order a strike. A military aide carrying the briefcase must travel close to Trump at all times.The scuffle began when the U.S. military aide carrying the nuclear football was blocked from entering the Great Hall, according to the sources. Another official quickly informed Kelly, who then came over and told the officials to walk in. "We're moving in," he said."[The] Chinese security official grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man's hand off of his body," Axios reported. "Then … [Read more...] about John Kelly and Chinese Officials Scuffled Over ‘Nuclear Football’ During Trump’s Beijing Visit
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea is at a “critical crossroads” and called for China to continue serving a “positive role” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and stabilizing peace. Moon made the comments during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Wang made his first visit in four years amid efforts to patch up relations damaged by South Korea’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system China perceives as a security threat. “The process for the complete denuclearizing of the Korean Peninsula and permanently stabilizing peace is at a critical crossroads,” Moon said. “I would like to ask for continuous support from the Chinese government until the new era of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean Peninsula opens.” Wang called for stronger “strategic … [Read more...] about Moon calls for Chinese role in denuclearizing North Korea
© AP Photo / US Navy - Ryan C. McGinleyUS Sends Sea-Based Radar to Korean Peninsula to Counter N Korean Nuclear ThreatBEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing hopes to work together with Washington and Pyongyang to support the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to denuclearize the region, Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Friday. "The level at which the nuclear problem in North Korea is now, do you think this problem is easy to solve? We have repeatedly said that the root of the problem is in the disagreements between North Korea and the United States. We hope that these two sides can share responsibility and work together with China to support peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and on its denuclearization," the spokesman said. On February 12, North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan and declared the test … [Read more...] about China Hopes to Work With US, North Korea on Peace on Korean Peninsula – Ministry
The three music teachers — armed with a violin, a guitar and a drum — are ready for class. But the elementary school students jump around the room, screaming and laughing.“Quiet! Stand up straight!” one teacher shouts.“OK,” another says. “Who remembers this song? Leticia — silence! Kenji, come on, we’re gonna make music.”The scene plays out at a school in Tokyo’s industrial hinterland, but all the chatter is in Portuguese. The students and teachers are Brazilian, and the music includes samba and bossa nova. Advertisement The class is part of a project called “Music Without Borders,” the brainchild of Rafael Kinoshita, a 35-year-old Brazilian who endured a difficult childhood here as an outsider and believes music can help spare his students from that kind of distress.Japan has long considered itself the unique homeland of a single race: the Japanese. But when the economy faced an industrial labor shortage … [Read more...] about Brazilian immigrants have it hard in Japan. Can music be a solution?
[JEON TAE-GYU] As K-pop becomes increasingly global, it’s not uncommon to see comments left in English, Japanese or Chinese on YouTube videos or articles from fans all around the world. But boy band B.I.G started to notice that they were getting love from a different set of fans when they saw comments in Arabic all over their music videos and on social media. So they decided to reach out to those fans and thank them for their support in a unique way. B.I.G made their debut in July 2014 as a five-member group, with members J-Hoon, Benji, Gunmin, Gook Min-pyo and Heedo. Their first single “Hello” attracted the attention of listeners for its addictive hook and its distinctly Korean vibe - the song’s lyrics that showed off the best of Korea, like the “fastest internet” and “kimchi, tteokgalbi, bulgogi and samgyeopsal.” But after the group failed to catch on amid the heated K-pop music scene where more and more groups make their debut every … [Read more...] about B.I.G’s dreams come true thanks to Arab fans: After covering a hit song in Arabic, the group gained a devoted following abroad