VOLUME 28 NO. 2 | JANUARY 3 - JANUARY 9, 2009

The top 8 events that changed in Asia in 2008

May 18: North Korea hints at transparency — then takes it away

Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:40 a.m.
North Korean leader Jong-il Kim as depicted in a NK government released image

North Korea gave U.S. officials about 18,000 pages of documents detailing its efforts in 1990, 2003, and 2005 to reprocess plutonium for nuclear weapons. The country raised hopes that it was on the path toward denuclearization.

However, months later, any progress seemed to have ground to a halt as North Korea rescinded the offer to inspectors and said it would restart its plutonium reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. The miasma was further complicated by reports that President Kim Jong-Il had suffered a stroke, leaving many to question who was calling the shots in the secretive country.


The top 8 events that changed Asia in 2008:

1. March 10: China cracks down on protests in Tibet using force — or not?

2. April 10: Nepal holds a historic election

3. May 12: Earthquake kills thousands in China

5. July 16: Milk scandal in China makes world headlines

6. Aug. 8: The Summer Games open, Michael Phelps makes history

7. Sept. 1: Thai protests turn violent, government declares state of emergency

8. Nov. 26: Terrorists attack Mumbai

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