China has warned that tensions on the Korean Peninsula have reached a “tipping point” after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, urged all sides on Tuesday to avoid provocations, repeating Beijing’s call for Pyongyang to suspend missile tests while proposing that the United States and South Korea halt ongoing joint military exercises.
Radio Free Asia
Seven weeks after the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, his wife is still being held in an unknown location by the authorities, sources told RFA on Tuesday. Liu Xia hasn’t been seen in public, or by friends and close family, since she was photographed at her husband’s sea-burial shortly after his death on July 13. Officials have said she is “free, but grief-stricken” and doesn’t want to be disturbed.
Nora Gamez Torres, Miami Herald
The Cuban opposition movement will try to register more than 170 independent candidates for the upcoming general election, which begin in October. But they have almost zero chance of winning, particularly because Raúl Castro’s government is already working on a strategy to discredit “counterrevolutionary” candidates, first Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel said in another snippet of a recently leaked video that has stirred controversy.
Brad Lendon and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan was a prelude to more military operations directed at the American territory of Guam, North Korean state media warned Wednesday. The country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported leader Kim Jong Un presided over the dawn launch Tuesday of the “ultra-modern rocket system,” the first missile ever fired from the capital Pyongyang.
Ben Farmer, The Daily Telegraph
These are the covert surveillance photographs said to offer key proof Russian intelligence officers plotted a violent coup that would have ended in the assassination of a European leader. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads The pictures obtained by European intelligence agencies allegedly show two officers of Russia’s GRU military spy service visiting the Balkans and overseeing the man they hired to orchestrate the bloody overthrow of Montenegro’s government.
Michael C. Bender, Wall Street Journal
President Donald Trump said that North Korea displayed “contempt” for its neighbors and for the world by firing a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, and said “all options are on the table” in dealing with the threat. “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” Mr. Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
The United States will not allow North Korea’s lawlessness to continue and it is time for Pyongyang to recognize the “danger they are putting themselves in” as the world is united against them, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. Haley spoke after the U.N. Security Council agreed a on statement condemning North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday as an “outrageous” act and demanding that Pyongyang not launch any more missiles.
Venezuela’s new constituent assembly has unanimously voted to put opposition leaders on trial for treason. The assembly said it would pursue those it accuses of supporting US economic sanctions against the country. Washington approved the measures last week in response to what it called the “dictatorship” of President Nicolás Maduro. President Maduro has accused the US of trying to cripple Venezuela’s economy amid an ongoing economic crisis.
“This isn’t like China,” says Vietnamese activist ’Anh Chi’ at a noisy bar off one of the narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. “They can’t shut Facebook down here.” His 40,000 Facebook followers make him one of Vietnam’s better-known critics, but by no means the biggest in a Communist state whose attempts to crack down on dissidents have collided with the rapidly expanding reach of foreign-owned social media. Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang this month called for unspecified tougher internet controls in the face of “hostile forces” that he said threatened not only cybersecurity but also “undermined the prestige of the leaders of the party and the state..”
Australian Associated Press
Vietnam could be shaping up as the weakest link on the prospects of salvaging a controversial Pacific-wide free trade deal. US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement earlier this year, but the remaining 11 countries are in talks to push ahead. A deal without Vietnam and the US—known as TPP 10—would be a third-best option but would be better than letting it “wither on the vine.”