Asia Pacific 2018: East Asia Today
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.
8 Apr 2017-pres. 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.