An upshot in Asian military spending comes as a result of tense relations with China.
Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) stressed the importance of making our allies in Asia know that the United States has not turned its back on them in the face of the Chinese in a foreign policy speech in South Korea on Friday.
The Obama administration remains adamant that it is opposed to renewed six-nation nuclear talks on North Korea until Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward giving up its nuclear arsenal and infrastructure, a senior Obama administration official said yesterday.
China’s Ministry of Defense released a defense paper Tuesday claiming that the U.S. military’s presence in the Asia- Pacific region creates tension, according to the New York Times.
South Korea’s banks and broadcasters faced hacking attacks Wednesday with many authorities wondering if this follows a pattern of cyber attacks by North Korea.
The LG Chem plant in Holland, Mich., which used received $150 million in federal funds to produce lithium ion batteries and paid workers to watch movies, play video games, and volunteer at local nonprofits, also failed to ramp up production at its South Korea plant after demand for the batteries did not meet expectations.
A Korean American is being detained in South Korea for illegally transferring over $1 billion in Iranian money, according to Reuters. The money has been frozen in South Korea due to international sanctions.