Xi Jinping May Delay Picking China’s Next Leader, Stoking Speculation
Chris Buckley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure.
Survey: China Sees US as Top Threat
Rebecca Kheel, THE HILL
A plurality of the Chinese public considers the United States to be the top threat to their country, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. More of the survey’s respondents ranked the United States as a threat to China than they did the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Russia, global climate change, cyberattacks, refugees and global economic instability.
Understanding Václav Havel’s Abiding Relevance
Vikas Datta, MILLENIUMPOST.IN
Czechoslovak (subsequently Czech) statesman, thinker, and author Václav Havel, whose 80th birthday would have been on October 5, was an incorrigible dissident and a profound intellectual. He led Czechoslovakia’s peaceful anti-Communist revolution and went on to become its first democratically-elected President since 1946.
Kremlin Calls Group That Famously Resisted USSR “Foreign Agents”
Saagar Enjeti, DAILY CALLER
Russia’s Justice Ministry labeled a non-governmental organization a “foreign agent” for working to preserve the legacy of human rights abuses under Soviet rule. Memorial has catalogued nearly 2.6 million victims of Soviet oppression, and recently created a database listing 40,000 Soviet officers who participated in atrocities.
Survivors Of Thailand’s 1976 Student Massacre Shine Light On Nation’s “Shadow History”
Liam Cochrane, ABCNEWS
In 1973, students were hailed as heroes for leading a pro-democracy movement. Three years later, ousted dictator Thanom Kittikachorn was set to return to Thailand, sparking protests at Thammasat campus. On October 6, 1976 46 students were killed, but it is thought more than twice that number died. The bloody event 40 years ago is largely buried in Thai history books and not widely understood by Thais today.
US Legislation Calls for Reauthorizing North Korean Human Rights Act
THE KOREA TIMES
A US House lawmaker has submitted a bill extending the mandate of the North Korean Human Rights Act by five more years until 2022. The law centers on providing support for non-governmental groups working to improve the North’s human rights situation, increasing the provision of outside information in the North and helping North Korean refugees.