China Calls On US To ‘Abandon Its Prejudices’ After Tillerson Rebuke
James Griffiths and Steven Jiang, CNN
China has called on the US to “abandon its prejudices” after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed Beijing was subverting the global order and pursuing predatory economic policies. “China firmly upholds the international order with the United Nations at its core,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday. “China is dedicated to developing long-term healthy and stable relations with the United States.”
China Official Says Lincoln Would Have Approved of Freeing Tibetan Serfs
Late U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves, would have approved of China’s policy to end serfdom in Tibet, a senior Chinese official said on Thursday. China considers devoutly Buddhist Tibet an inherent part of its territory and routinely rejects accusations from exiles and rights groups of repression and human rights abuses. Chinese forces entered Tibet in 1950 in what the government terms a peaceful liberation, and says its rule has brought prosperity and freedom to what was a backward and feudal society, including freeing a million people from serfdom, an event marked in Tibet as Serfs’ Emancipation Day.
Xi Says China Will Maintain ‘Firm Grasp’ On Hong Kong, Warns Against Separatism
China will maintain “a firm grasp” on Hong Kong, and exercise full powers of governance in the former British colony, President Xi Jinping told delegates at the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress in Beijing on Wednesday. Xi told delegates that Beijing’s jurisdiction over the city, and the former Portuguese enclave of Macau, should not be shaken, amid concerns that the “one country, two systems” principle has already been diluted by repeated interventions in Hong Kong.
Tourists Wonder If They Were Also Victims Of Cuba Sound Attack
Josh Lederman, Associated Press
Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren’t the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too?
North Korean Refugee Educates Students About Human Rights Issues
Vivian Cheng and Nicholas Sokić, The Western University Gazette
Ellie Cha’s father collapsed to his knees, desperately pleading for Vietnamese officials to spare the lives of his family. For the fifth time, Cha’s family was on the verge of being sent back to China. “We knew that going back to China meant death for our family,” said Cha. She said if North Korean refugees are sent to China, they can be repatriated back to North Korea, where punishment often constitutes death. After being sent to China multiple times, the Cha family became more determined to fight for their freedom. By 2012, they made their way to South Korea and successfully applied for asylum.
North Korea Threatens ‘Unimaginable’ Strike On United States
Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
Another day, another threat by North Korea to stage an “unimaginable” strike on the U.S. amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. “The U.S. is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones. The U.S. should expect it would face unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency said Thursday. The “targets” under North Korea’s “nose” refer to joint U.S. and South Korean drills in waters off the Korean Peninsula with the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan.
Canada Passes ‘Global Magnitsky Act’, Russia Threatens Retaliation
A bill targeting foreign nationals who have committed human rights violations has passed final reading in Canada’s Senate, writes Leslie Young of Investigative Global News: Bill S-226, which has now passed both the Senate and House of Commons, was inspired by the case of Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer who died in 2009 after a year in a Russian jail. The Russian embassy in Ottawa called the bill “a deplorably confrontational act blatantly interfering into Russia’s domestic affairs” and the Kremlin has threatened Canada with retaliation.
Top EU Court Upholds Sanctions On Ukraine’s Yanukovych
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has upheld sanctions imposed by the European Union on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr. Moscow-friendly Yanukovych was ousted by mass protests in Kyiv in February 2014 and fled to Russia. The sanctions target 15 people, including former Prime Ministers Mykola Azarov and Serhiy Arbuzov and the head of Yanukovych’s presidential administration, Andriy Klyuyev.
Marco Rubio Declines Nicolas Maduro’s Invite To Visit Venezuela
Alex Daugherty, The Miami Herald
Marco Rubio has a lot of reasons not to visit Venezuela. The Florida senator successfully pushed the Trump administration to take a hard line on the Venezuelan government, managed to invite Venezuelan opposition leader Lillian Tintori to the White House, and is the target of a potential death threat from socialist party leader Diosdado Cabello. But that didn’t stop Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from extending an invite to Rubio on Tuesday.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
October 19th, 1950: The People’s Liberation Army invades Tibet; concurrently, Beijing sends thousands of “volunteer” troops into North Korea to fight United Nations forces.
Mother Teresa Day (Albania)