Brooks Boliek, RADIO FREE ASIA
A 27-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison for Facebook posts that threatened Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to news reports. Ven Sopheap, a resident of eastern Prey Veng province, admitted during his trial last week to posting threats against Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades, according to foreign news agency and local press reports. Judge Ly Sok Leng read the verdict on Friday morning, saying Ven Sopheap was convicted on a charge of making a death threat and incitement to discriminate.
China is sending its first senior official to visit the United States since President Donald Trump took office, amid uncertainties over trade relations and new security tensions in East Asia.The Foreign Ministry said State Councilor Yang Jiechi is scheduled to “exchange views on bilateral ties and issues of mutual concern” in meetings with high-ranking US officials during his visit on Monday and Tuesday.Yang is Communist Party Leader Xi Jinping’s top foreign policy adviser and a familiar face in Washington. He has served as foreign minister and ambassador to the US, presenting a degree of continuity in a relationship now seen as somewhat in flux.
Stoyan Zaimov, THE CHRISTIAN POST
Five persecuted Christians in China have reportedly been sentenced between three to seven years in prison for purchasing and selling what authorities called “forbidden Christian devotional books.” China Aid, which reports on the various human rights abuses and injustices committed against the growing Christian minority, said that the four women and one man were sentenced last week by a court in the northeastern Liaoning province. “Of them, Pastor Li Dongzhe and Piao Shunnan received seven years, Zhao Chunxia and Li Yuan were given five years, and Shi Jinyan was sentenced to three years,” the report stated.
The discipline watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) exposed six cases involving officials who were held accountable for their poor leadership. The officials were punished for poor fulfillment of their main responsibilities in strict Party governance and ineffective supervision of disciplinary violation by their subordinates, according to a circular published on Sunday by the website of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
South Korea is calling for major powers to criminally pursue North Korea’s leadership before its “ever-worsening” human rights record, which includes mass executions and forced labor, threatens world peace. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, condemned the “assassination” of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korea’s leader, two weeks ago in Malaysia by agents using VX nerve agent. North Korea has not acknowledged the victim was Kim Jong-nam, but last week blamed Malaysia for the death of one of its citizens there.
Nearly three decades after it helped topple communist totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is challenging Moscow again, this time with a new 24-hour TV news channel in Russian. Officially launched in Prague this month, the Current Time channel targets an audience of more than 270 million people, mostly in the former Soviet area, with news and views that provide an alternative to the Kremlin’s version of reality as proclaimed through state-controlled media. The new channel’s launch comes as relations between Moscow and the West have hit their lowest point since the Cold War, triggered by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its military campaign in Syria.
Katrina Martin, PANAMPOST.COM
Governor of Florida Rick Scott has offered to help US President Donald Trump reverse the country’s approach to relations with Cuba. “I do not think it’s good for our country to spoil a dictator like Raúl Castro,” he said. “I want to work with the Trump administration on what would be the right policy.” The politician also mentioned that in his opinion, Raúl Castro does not believe in democracy or freedom and stated that he hoped Trump would renegotiate with Havana soon.