China steps up maritime activity with eye on post-pandemic order

BEIJING/NEW YORK — In April, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning passed between two Japanese islands, Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima, in the East China Sea with a full fleet.

This marked the carrier group’s first time sailing to and from the Pacific Ocean via the passage and was seen as yet another sign of China’s stepped-up military activity in neighboring seas.

In addition to increased activity near the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims as the Diaoyu, Beijing is revising a law to enlist People’s Armed Police Force personnel — who number 700,000 to 800,000 — in handling maritime disputes

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Kim Jong Un resumes public activity, state media says

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony, state radio reported Saturday morning.

The Friday event marked the first time Kim’s whereabouts had been publicly known since April 11 — when he attended a Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea — and ended weeks of speculation about his well-being.

Kim attended the event for a fertilizer plant in South Pyongan Province, in the western part of the country, state radio said. No photos were released.

Kim was joined by many others, including party and military leaders as well as construction workers, according

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