John Power

John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.
John Power
John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.

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How South Korea’s Moon Jae-in plans to get Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talking about nukes again

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in is to meet Donald Trump on Wednesday to try to restart negotiations between the US and North Korea

8 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in is to meet Donald Trump on Wednesday to try to restart negotiations between the US and North Korea

How South Korea’s Moon Jae-in plans to get Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talking about nukes again
K-pop stars and Huawei help South Korea win global 5G race, as Chinese trade trumps US fears

Seoul, unlike other US allies, has not restricted Huawei from taking part in its next-generation networks due to its heavy reliance on China for trade, say observers.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:46AM

Seoul, unlike other US allies, has not restricted Huawei from taking part in its next-generation networks due to its heavy reliance on China for trade, say observers.

K-pop stars and Huawei help South Korea win global 5G race, as Chinese trade trumps US fears
Western governments have been made to fear China’s Huawei, but Ireland’s can’t afford to

Intelligence agencies from Washington to Canberra have warned about the potential national security risks of involving the Chinese tech giant in sensitive communications networks – but Dublin doesn’t seem to be concerned.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:21PM

Intelligence agencies from Washington to Canberra have warned about the potential national security risks of involving the Chinese tech giant in sensitive communications networks – but Dublin doesn’t seem to be concerned.

Western governments have been made to fear China’s Huawei, but Ireland’s can’t afford to
Did this US activist mastermind raid on North Korean embassy?

Spanish authorities claim Adrian Hong, a founder of Liberty in North Korea, led a group of 10 that stormed Pyongyang’s embassy in Madrid. In 2006, Hong was arrested in China while helping a group of North Korean defectors seek asylum.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:40AM

Spanish authorities claim Adrian Hong, a founder of Liberty in North Korea, led a group of 10 that stormed Pyongyang’s embassy in Madrid. In 2006, Hong was arrested in China while helping a group of North Korean defectors seek asylum.

Did this US activist mastermind raid on North Korean embassy?
North Korean dissident smashes portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in viral video

Cheollima Civil Defense, a group that wants to overthrow the Kim regime, has released a video showing a person smashing the portraits of the Kims.

21 Mar 2019 - 4:12PM

Cheollima Civil Defense, a group that wants to overthrow the Kim regime, has released a video showing a person smashing the portraits of the Kims.

North Korean dissident smashes portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in viral video
Cheollima Civil Defense wants to take on Kim Jong-un and free North Korea. Who are they, and do they have a shot?

The dissident group, said to be behind a February raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in Spain, has appealed to media not to reveal their members’ identities. Cheollima previously took credit for the 2017 extraction of Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-un’s assassinated brother.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:14PM

The dissident group, said to be behind a February raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in Spain, has appealed to media not to reveal their members’ identities. Cheollima previously took credit for the 2017 extraction of Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-un’s assassinated brother.

Cheollima Civil Defense wants to take on Kim Jong-un and free North Korea. Who are they, and do they have a shot?
New Zealand shooting: 49 killed, more than 40 wounded in mass shootings at Christchurch mosques

A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques on Friday in New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder.

18 Mar 2019 - 3:51PM

A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques on Friday in New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder.

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed, more than 40 wounded in mass shootings at Christchurch mosques
British universities wrestle with anxiety over links to Chinese tech giant Huawei: investigation

Academic staff have avoided contact with the company, expressed concern over heightened scrutiny of it affecting their work and cautioned against collaboration, emails obtained by the Post reveal.

14 Mar 2019 - 5:36PM

Academic staff have avoided contact with the company, expressed concern over heightened scrutiny of it affecting their work and cautioned against collaboration, emails obtained by the Post reveal.

British universities wrestle with anxiety over links to Chinese tech giant Huawei: investigation
Cold calls: Australia’s after-hours veterans helpline has long wait times, low connection rates

The line failed to connect one in every three callers with a counsellor in 2016/17, and had delays of more than three minutes before answering calls. The revelations come as advocates warn of a crisis in veteran suicides.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:20PM

The line failed to connect one in every three callers with a counsellor in 2016/17, and had delays of more than three minutes before answering calls. The revelations come as advocates warn of a crisis in veteran suicides.

Cold calls: Australia’s after-hours veterans helpline has long wait times, low connection rates
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Collapsed talks a risk for North Korea with silver linings for China and Japan

The collapse of the denuclearisation talks could hold silver linings for China and Japan, and is likely to further cripple Pyongyang’s future ability to negotiate.

1 Mar 2019 - 7:52PM

The collapse of the denuclearisation talks could hold silver linings for China and Japan, and is likely to further cripple Pyongyang’s future ability to negotiate.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Collapsed talks a risk for North Korea with silver linings for China and Japan
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

28 Feb 2019 - 4:59PM

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

28 Feb 2019 - 6:50AM

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:37PM

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: who are the key aides and advisers on the ground in Hanoi?

Stephen Biegun has struck a more conciliatory tone with the North than more hawkish figures in the Trump administration such as Mike Pompeo and John Bolton.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:17PM

Stephen Biegun has struck a more conciliatory tone with the North than more hawkish figures in the Trump administration such as Mike Pompeo and John Bolton.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: who are the key aides and advisers on the ground in Hanoi?
Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

27 Feb 2019 - 9:45AM

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Peace should be top on the agenda, says international feminist group

The Korea Peace Now: Women Mobilizing to End the War feminist coalition called on the leaders to normalise relations and give women a role in future peace-building.

27 Feb 2019 - 7:57AM

The Korea Peace Now: Women Mobilizing to End the War feminist coalition called on the leaders to normalise relations and give women a role in future peace-building.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Peace should be top on the agenda, says international feminist group
For Vietnamese, the Trump-Kim summit is a celebration of the country’s post-war progress

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

25 Feb 2019 - 10:05PM

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

For Vietnamese, the Trump-Kim summit is a celebration of the country’s post-war progress
Trump-Kim summit 2019: From Singapore to Canada, fans of North Korea praise its ‘juche’ ideology and supreme leader

They are members of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), a global network led by a Spaniard who claims he has direct links to Pyongyang.

25 Feb 2019 - 7:21PM

They are members of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), a global network led by a Spaniard who claims he has direct links to Pyongyang.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: From Singapore to Canada, fans of North Korea praise its ‘juche’ ideology and supreme leader
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Kim Jong-un crosses Yalu River into China on his train journey to Hanoi

A diplomat said that Kim would cross the border into Vietnam from China by train, stopping at the border town of Dong Dang.

24 Feb 2019 - 1:32PM

A diplomat said that Kim would cross the border into Vietnam from China by train, stopping at the border town of Dong Dang.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Kim Jong-un crosses Yalu River into China on his train journey to Hanoi
Kim Jong-un unlikely to travel exclusively by rail to Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit 2019: sources

A South Korean government official said it was doubtful Kim would travel so far by train alone, but could use rail in combination with air travel.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

A South Korean government official said it was doubtful Kim would travel so far by train alone, but could use rail in combination with air travel.

Kim Jong-un unlikely to travel exclusively by rail to Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit 2019: sources
Trump-Kim summit 2019: is North Korea really willing to give up its nukes? The Americans who negotiated a 1994 deal still have hope

Under Bill Clinton, US agreed deal to freeze Pyongyang’s plutonium production. But that deal collapsed after Pyongyang cheated. Can it be different this time?

26 Feb 2019 - 9:56AM

Under Bill Clinton, US agreed deal to freeze Pyongyang’s plutonium production. But that deal collapsed after Pyongyang cheated. Can it be different this time?

Trump-Kim summit 2019: is North Korea really willing to give up its nukes? The Americans who negotiated a 1994 deal still have hope
Can North Korea copy Vietnam’s economic miracle?

Hanoi’s economic and political reforms, or doi moi, are behind one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But there is much to do before Pyongyang can follow suit – including getting Kim Jong-un to relax his iron hold on power

27 Feb 2019 - 11:36AM

Hanoi’s economic and political reforms, or doi moi, are behind one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But there is much to do before Pyongyang can follow suit – including getting Kim Jong-un to relax his iron hold on power

Can North Korea copy Vietnam’s economic miracle?
The second Trump-Kim summit will boost North Korea. Could it gain even more from Vietnam?

Hanoi is positioning itself as a partner of choice should Pyongyang play a bigger role internationally. The two communist states were firm allies, and a visit from Vietnam’s foreign minister is seen as a renewal to that commitment

12 Feb 2019 - 10:48PM

Hanoi is positioning itself as a partner of choice should Pyongyang play a bigger role internationally. The two communist states were firm allies, and a visit from Vietnam’s foreign minister is seen as a renewal to that commitment

The second Trump-Kim summit will boost North Korea. Could it gain even more from Vietnam?
North Korea’s leader has charmed Trump, Xi and Moon. But are they all just keeping up with the Kims?

Kim Jong-un is heading to Vietnam for a second date with the US president. Opinion is split over whether the millennial dictator’s charm offensive is a genuine quest for legitimacy or a rebranding of his old playbook

20 Feb 2019 - 8:14PM

Kim Jong-un is heading to Vietnam for a second date with the US president. Opinion is split over whether the millennial dictator’s charm offensive is a genuine quest for legitimacy or a rebranding of his old playbook

North Korea’s leader has charmed Trump, Xi and Moon. But are they all just keeping up with the Kims?
When Trump opens his arms to Kim again, could they close the door on the Korean war?

Expectations are growing that the US president and North Korean leader may use a second meeting on denuclearisation to declare a formal end to the 70-year conflict – which officially continues to this day

5 Feb 2019 - 10:50AM

Expectations are growing that the US president and North Korean leader may use a second meeting on denuclearisation to declare a formal end to the 70-year conflict – which officially continues to this day

When Trump opens his arms to Kim again, could they close the door on the Korean war?
Australia lobbying hard for Yang Hengjun but must respect China’s legal process: ex-minister Julie Bishop

Former foreign minister says Australia must respect China’s legal process, and while both are friends, they are still learning to manage their differences

2 Feb 2019 - 12:34AM

Former foreign minister says Australia must respect China’s legal process, and while both are friends, they are still learning to manage their differences

Australia lobbying hard for Yang Hengjun but must respect China’s legal process: ex-minister Julie Bishop
Searing heatwave hits Australia, New Zealand, ahead of Lunar New Year surge of Chinese tourists

Some cities have recorded their highest temperatures in nearly 80 years, but for Asian travellers who have booked Lunar New Year travel in advance, it’s too late to change their plans

31 Jan 2019 - 6:40PM

Some cities have recorded their highest temperatures in nearly 80 years, but for Asian travellers who have booked Lunar New Year travel in advance, it’s too late to change their plans

Searing heatwave hits Australia, New Zealand, ahead of Lunar New Year surge of Chinese tourists
Thailand faces growing pressure to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

Human rights activists believe Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status in Australia, is at risk of torture or death if repatriated to Bahrain.

30 Jan 2019 - 8:12PM

Human rights activists believe Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status in Australia, is at risk of torture or death if repatriated to Bahrain.

Thailand faces growing pressure to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi
Do Australia, New Zealand academics fear travelling to China after Yang Hengjun’s arrest?

Beijing’s detention of the Australian national has sparked ‘great anxiety’ about academic collaboration with China. Some sinologists feel it is unsafe to travel to the mainland for work, while others are pursuing different fields of study.

31 Jan 2019 - 4:58PM

Beijing’s detention of the Australian national has sparked ‘great anxiety’ about academic collaboration with China. Some sinologists feel it is unsafe to travel to the mainland for work, while others are pursuing different fields of study.

Do Australia, New Zealand academics fear travelling to China after Yang Hengjun’s arrest?
Beijing causing anxiety in South China Sea: Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne
Defence minister says Australia does not seek to contain China – and he sees ‘no evidence’ that Beijing’s detention of writer Yang Hengjun is connected to the arrest of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor
29 Jan 2019 - 11:44AM
Defence minister says Australia does not seek to contain China – and he sees ‘no evidence’ that Beijing’s detention of writer Yang Hengjun is connected to the arrest of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor
Beijing causing anxiety in South China Sea: Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne