China Anti-Corruption Campaign Backfires
Hudson Lockett, FINANCIAL TIMES
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s high profile anti-corruption campaign has fallen short of its stated goal and appears to be doing more harm than good to the image of China’s Communist party. A new study suggests that it has backfired, with citizens often blaming local graft on the central government rather than on regional authorities, while an FT analysis indicates that the odds of officials being punished for corruption are slim.
North Korea Could Have Up to 100 Deliverable Nuclear Weapons in Four Years: US Think Tank
THE KOREA HERALD
North Korea could have up to 100 nuclear weapons in as early as four years that can be delivered on long-range, road-mobile, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, a US think tank has said. The RAND Corp. made the estimate in a report released over the weekend on five major threats the United States is facing around the world, putting a nuclear North Korea ahead of the four other threats—Russia, the Islamic State, China and cyber threats.
Russia Downplays Worries About Moving Nuclear Capable Missiles Near Eastern Europe
Poland and Estonia expressed concerns Saturday that Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian region on the Baltic Sea, with one official saying Russia appears eager to dominate that body of water. Russia, meanwhile, says the missiles are being deployed as part of regular military maneuvers to Kaliningrad.
Jack Ma, Spielberg Team Up With Deal to Bring Hollywood to China
Jack Ma, China’s richest man, and the highest-grossing Hollywood auteur of all time have struck a deal to work together to produce and finance films for the world’s second-largest movie market. Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd. is buying a stake in Amblin Partners, the production outfit backed by Steven Spielberg to work together on production, marketing, and distribution both globally and in China.
Vietnam Declares California-Based Group Terrorist
Vietnam has declared a US-based activist group a terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use weapons and explosives.