East Asia Today

Asian Economic Powers

East Asia 2018.0121

East Asia Today

Chimerica, Asian Tigers, Dragon Economies (21 January 2018)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

China's economy continued with its impressive growth into the late-2010s but in 2017 international tensions in East Asia escalated when North Korea demonstrated that its nuclear weapons capabilities were far more sophisticated than previously suspected.

Main Events

North Korea missile crisis

In 2017 North Korea conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests demonstrating that it was able to fire ballistic missiles at least as far as northeast Japan and threatening to strike US islands in the Pacific. At the same time North Korea warned China that it would not back down on its nuclear program, while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un engaged in an escalating war of words with US President Donald Trump. The high state of tensions even led to false missile alerts in Hawaii and Japan.

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