China’s Statistics Chief Admits Some Economic Data Are False
Gabriel Wildau, FINANCIAL TIMES
China’s top statistician has acknowledged the country’s problems with falsification of economic data, pledging severe punishment for perpetrators in a nod to widespread suspicion that official numbers often fail to reflect true economic conditions. “Currently, some local statistics are falsified, and fraud and deception happen from time to time, in violation of statistics laws and regulations,” Ning Jizhe, director of the National Bureau of Statistics wrote.
Xinjiang Police Hold Uyghur Hostage Against Brother’s “Crime”
RADIO FREE ASIA
Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained a young Uyghur man in a bid to force the return from Turkey of his older brother, whom police suspect as a separatist, the man’s grandmother says. Rishat Haji, 24, is being held in the city of Atush in Xinjiang’s Kizilsu Kirghiz Autonomous Prefecture. Police have accused Rishat of sending 10,000 yuan to support an exile Uyghur organization set up to separate the mostly Muslim Xinjiang region from Beijing’s control.
Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death
More than 20 Cuban opponents of the Castro government were arrested, harassed or threatened in Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro, including graffiti artist “El Sexto”, who is still under arrest, a Cuban human rights group denounced on Monday. Two graffiti artists from the central province of Villa Clara were also arrested, along with two women opponents in Holguin. Other dissidents were detained for several hours and then released, the statement said.
Cuban and Chinese Communist Parties Conclude Seminar in Havana
The communist parties of Cuba and China are concluding today in Havana the Second Theoretical Seminar between both political groups. The meeting began yesterday at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (CCPCC), according to a statement published in Granma newspaper. During the opening ceremony of the seminar, the head of the CCPCC’s International Relations department, José Ramón Balaguer, highlighted the importance of these meetings for the organization’s work on the ideas of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the construction of socialism.
North Korea Steps Ups Propaganda Drive for Former Leader Kim Jong-il
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
North Korea is intensifying propaganda campaigns idolizing former leader Kim Jong-il two weeks ahead of his five-year death anniversary. Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Thursday, local time, “various countries are holding events to mark the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the death of the great Comrade Kim Jong-il.” In the span of two weeks between Nov. 20 and Dec. 2, lectures, book exhibitions and movie screenings were held in Russia, Austria, Mali and Nigeria, North Korea said in a statement.
Russia Pledges Retaliation If US Bill Passes
Russia said on Wednesday it would restrict the ability of US diplomats based in Moscow to travel if a pending US bill that would do the same to Russian diplomats in the United States entered into force. The new US bill would create a special committee to combat clandestine Russian efforts to manipulate foreign opinion and tighten the rules on Russian diplomats in the United States who want to travel more than 25 miles from their official posts.
Vietnam Warns of Return of Protectionism as TPP Hopes Fade
Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, BLOOMBERG
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc warned of the risk of returning protectionism as Southeast Asian nations brace for potentially tighter trade controls in the US. “The world and Asean region are facing big challenges in various areas, including security, finance, climate change and risk of returning protectionism,” Phuc said at the Bloomberg Asean Business Summit in Hanoi Thursday, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.