China will use all necessary means to defend the interests of the country and its companies against a US trade investigation, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday. The ministry on Monday expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the US launch of the probe into China’s alleged theft of US intellectual property, calling it “irresponsible.” The probe is the Trump administration’s first direct measure against Chinese trade practices, which the White House and US business groups say are bruising American industry.
According to medical records reviewed exclusively by CBS News, a US doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Havana diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury, and with likely damage to the central nervous system. The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said “incidents” began affecting them beginning in late 2016.
Nora Gamez Torres, Miami Herald
In a videotaped private meeting with Communist Party members, Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel—often portrayed as a moderate politician with a quiet disposition—took on an all too familiar hardline tone that offered a rare glimpse into his ideology. In the video, which has quickly spread across social media platforms, Díaz-Canel lashed out against Cuban dissidents, independent media and embassies of several European countries, accusing them all of supporting subversive projects. For the United States, he had this message: Cuba will not make any concessions.
Alistair Coleman, BBC
North Korea appears to have revealed details of two as-yet untested missile systems in its press coverage of a factory inspection by the country’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Photographs released by KCNA state news agency to go with a report on Mr Kim’s visit to a facility at the Academy of Defence Sciences facility show wall charts describing the missiles, called Hwasong-13 and Pukguksong-3. Hwasong-13 appears to be a three-stage ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile), while the chart showing Pukguksong-3, although largely obscured by officials, is an Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM).
Chris Brown, CBC News
Reverence for Stalin—one of the most despised and notorious figures of the 20th century—is on the rise in Russia. On the corner of a busy intersection in Moscow, Georgy Frangulyan is creating an evocative memorial to the millions of Russians executed, starved or banished by Joseph Stalin. “I think it’s a real catastrophe,” said Frangulyan. It has taken him two years to carve hundreds of human forms out of stone to memorialize Stalin’s victims. “It is a tragedy of the nation. I think its necessary to have such a monument as a guarantee this will never happen again.”
Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian
Russia is preparing to mount what could be one of its biggest military exercises since the Cold War, a display of power that will be watched warily by Nato against a backdrop of east-west tensions. Western officials and analysts estimate up to 100,000 military personnel and logistical support could participate in the Zapad 17 exercise, which will take place next month in Belarus, Kaliningrad and Russia itself. Moscow puts the number significantly lower. The exercise, to be held from 14-20 September, comes against a backdrop of strained relations between Russia and the US.
Bill Wirtz and Jakub Rafay, FEE
In the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, the debate on the problematic nature of the “alt-right” has been relaunched. In this mix of Trump-supporting Klan members, ethno-nationalists, and outright Nazis, it is hard to see the long-term implications of these movements. National socialism is a toxic ideology with far-reaching societal consequences. Numerous commentators are quick to find excuses: “they are angered by identity politics” or “emboldened by the violence of Antifa.” However, national socialism isn’t simply an easy way of upsetting the political Left on Twitter. It’s a toxic ideology with far-reaching societal consequences. In Europe, German National Socialism caused immeasurable destruction. Its ideological influence is, however, still lurking in the background, waiting for fertile grounds to re-emerge. The Central European country of Slovakia is a frightening display of what can come from this ideology.
Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in an interview broadcast Sunday said Moscow’s former ambassador was not trying to spy or recruit in his contacts with Americans during the 2016 presidential election. During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Ryabkov said Ambassador Sergey Kislyak would not be properly performing his duties if he did not speak with Americans. “If Ambassador Kislyak was not contacting some people on the other side so to say, he wouldn’t perform his functions as he should,” Ryabkov said.
David Hutt, Forbes
It has now been more than three weeks since the German government accused Vietnam of kidnapping Trinh Xuan Thanh, a Vietnamese citizen, from the heart of Berlin last month. In Vietnam, state media has been quiet on the incident since Thanh’s “confession.” However, on August 16, the Vietnamese government fired the deputy trade minister, Ho Thi Kim Thoa, in what appears to be a widening crackdown.