The DailyBrief

Thursday June 8, 2017

Pyongyang, more missiles: North Korea fired several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, less than a week after the UN Security Council stepped up sanctions on the reclusive state for its nuclear and missile programs. Asia Times reports that this is the fourth missile test by North Korea since President Moon Jae-in took office on May 10 pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang.

China import rise: A robust rebound in the import levels of a broad range of non-resources during May pushed China’s foreign trade growth far beyond expectations, in a sign that the world’s largest emerging economy is trying hard to avoid slipping into the doldrums. Steve Wang and Lin Wanxia report that the turnaround is also a demonstration of China’s shift from heavy industry toward higher value-added and innovation-driven producers.

Japan-Lloyd Wright’s birthday: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright created a thousand designs that transformed America’s architectural identity and today marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. Karen Severns writes that Wright had an extended stay in Tokyo where he designed a clutch of buildings that both transformed Japan’s cities and the Japanese architects that worked on the projects.

India’s nuclear roadblock: Since 2016, India has been making efforts to attain membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group. Sabena Siddiqui writes that the group is a nuclear technology control organization created to prevent misuse or proliferation of nuclear technology and China, along with other nations, have disapproved of India’s entry as they say it could lead to a nuclear arms race.

Vietnam knows nose-to-tail: Le Petit Saigon, a new Hong Kong restaurant, is proof positive that Vietnamese cooks have been using the whole of the pig from long before anyone knew the phrase ‘nose-to-tail’. Mischa Moselle writes that the restaurant’s banh mi thit – Vietnam’s iconic baguette-style roll – comes packed with five different preparations of pork, a healthy dose of chicken liver pate, sweet Vietnamese chillies, spring onions, fish sauce, pickled carrot with daikon and fresh cucumber and coriander and it is a mouthful of wonder.