The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year.
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North Korea may launch missile
All eyes turn to North Korea, which celebrates the anniversary of the foundation of its army - and may mark the occasion with a new missile test. It had been expected that Pyongyang would carry out a test on April 15 to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of late leader Kim Il-sung, but this did not materialise. But the hermit state has continued its bellicose warnings of further missile tests and even nuclear war as US and South Korean troops stage joint military exercises.
Unemployment statistics revealed
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in Beijing reveals the mainland's unemployment rate and manpower statistics for the first quarter. Beijing has been trying to keep the mainland's unemployment rate steady, but faces a dilemma in keeping its manufacturing sector supplied with cheap labour. The unemployment rate for the final quarter of last year stood at 4.1 per cent.
Exhibition honours HK guerillas
Hong Kong's Museum of Coastal Defence marks the brave efforts of local guerillas who stood up to Japanese aggression during the war. The Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Dongjiang (East River) Column is being honoured in an exhibition jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History. The event runs until October 23.
France's Hollande visits Beijing
French President Francois Hollande arrives in Beijing for two days of talks with state leaders. Hollande's visit it expected to include a meeting with President Xi Jinping, and provides a welcome distraction from his domestic difficulties. Hollande becomes the first leader of a major western power to visit the capital since Xi and Premier Li Keqiang took office last month.
World's biggest watch fair opens
The world's biggest watch fair opens in Basel, Switzerland, with the 1,800 exhibitors increasingly turning their attention to the lucrative Chinese market. As at Baselworld 2012, more restrained case sizes and classically-styled dials catering to Chinese tastes are expected to be a driving trend for 2013. The fair is run by MCH Group, which next month stages the first Hong Kong iteration of the Art Basel fair.
MTR launches courtesy campaign
Sick of being barged out of the way while rushing for the train or having to clamber past passengers standing on the wrong side of the escalator? The MTR Corporation is hoping to address such problems when it kicks off its annual courtesy campaign. The campaign, which dates back to 1990, aims to inform passengers of the rules and make everyone's daily commute more comfortable.