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said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.
”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi
talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so
me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”
”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in Vietn
am physically that triggers something different than what we’ve shown them before is kind of non
sense.”There’s something for both Washington and Pyongyang to like when studying the US-Vietnam relationship.
For North Korea, it’s an example of a single-party communist country that reformed its economy without democr
atizing. For the United States, it’s an example of how to redefine a relationship and make a buck at the same time.
In 1995 — the year Hanoi and Washington normalized relations — US exports to and imports from Vietnam were
worth just $252 million and $199 million respectively. However in the first 11 months of 2018, the US exported more th
an $8 billion worth of goods to Vietnam and imported goods worth $45 billion, according to US Census figures.
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph
Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al
ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th
eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.
”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as
well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si
nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.
In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr
esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a
surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.
Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive
n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la
ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.
red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id
ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st
reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.
In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia
l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co
nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.
Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la
st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall
ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net
work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.
BEIJING – A recent survey by China’s State Post Bureau said 35.8 percent of delivery workers c
onsidered their occupation “promising” and would like to continue in that position.
The survey consisted of 6,000 delivery people across China mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s.
About 76 percent of the delivery workers are from rural areas, wh
ile nearly 16 percent are from towns or counties, according to the survey.
Major sources of stress for delivery workers include low wages and insufficient benefits, lack of understanding of t
heir job from customers and the public, long working hours and little chances of promotion, the survey said.
Most of those surveyed earn less than 5,000 yuan ($743) per month but gen
erally gain more during the annual Double 11 online shopping spree in No
vember, during which over 80 percent of the country’s delivery workers handle more than 200 packages per day.
China’s express delivery industry is rapidly developing, with around 3 million delivery workers.
”Delivery worker” was added to the revision of the national occupation list of China in 2015, meaning it has been recognized by the state as an occupation.
national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d
eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk inflaming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland.
”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t
he wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write.
Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro
up (ERG), a Parliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do
wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible for a postponement in the Brexit process.
”It is time that many of our Conservative parliamentary colleagues in the ERG recognized that Parliament will stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Mar
ch 29. If that happens, they will have no one to blame but themselves for delaying Brexit,” they wrote.