South Koreans are increasingly optimistic about the prospects for peace following U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprising decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula. VOA Seoul correspondent Brian Padden reports on recent polls that indicate high approval ratings for the intense diplomatic efforts underway.
Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a stern warning to Taiwan on Tuesday as he marked the beginning of his second term in office. China claims the self-ruled island of some 24 million is part of its territory and Xi says any attempt at separatism will face the 'punishment of history.' VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the country’s nuclear program. But activists say that North Korea’s human rights violations should not take a back seat at the talks. VOA’s Korean service spoke with a North Korean defector who discusses her experiences growing up in North Korea. VOA's Jesusemen Oni has more.
While visit comes days after President Donald Trump signed legislation that encourages US officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their counterparts and vice versa, State Department says visit 'has been planned for some time'