The Uighurs is ethnically of Turkish decent and of a predominantly Muslim group. They make up the majority in Xinjiang, a region autonomous in northwest China bordering Central Asia and Mongolia. Their relations have often been tense with the ethnic Han Chinese who predominates in China. Many Uighurs feel they’re discriminated against by the government in Beijing and a Uighur separatist movement was established and has existed for decades.
The abductions of Japanese nationals during the late 70s and early 80s were a reality of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) move to recruit spies from Japan for espionage. Although abductions were also from neighboring state South Korea (as early as the 1940s) and within DPRK,
The Straits of Malacca commands a navigational water route for nearly sixty percent of world trade as well as one of the busiest waterways in the world with more than sixty thousand ships passing through per annum.