Radio Free Asia
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained more than 50 members of the Kazakh ethnic group after they watched video of a world-class boxing match featuring welterweight Kanat Islam, sources told RFA on Thursday. Those detained had all received and viewed the video, which had been banned by the ruling Chinese Communist Party amid a crackdown on ethnic Kazakhs migrating to neighboring Kazakhstan or maintaining family or cultural ties there.
Sophie Richardson, Fox News
China’s growing appetite for global power isn’t hard to spot: military muscle-flexing in the South China Sea, the trillion-dollar New Silk Road development initiative, even its proliferation of Confucius Institutes, academic outposts to spread its version of history and politics. What’s less easy to see is that worsening human rights violations at home are increasingly reflected in Beijing’s diplomatic agenda to undermine human rights protections abroad, including at the United Nations.
Megan Cassella, Politico
President Donald Trump has blocked a Chinese venture capital fund from purchasing a US.based semiconductor company because of national security concerns, the White House announced Wednesday. The president’s order prohibits the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by China Venture Capital Fund Corporation Limited, known as CVCF, which manages industrial investments and venture capital.
Zachary Cohen and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan for the second time in less than a month, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. The unidentified ballistic missile was launched from the district of Sunan in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, home to the country’s main airport, the South Korean military said. The missile flew about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached an altitude of 770 kilometers (480) miles. It landed in the Pacific Ocean, South Korea said.
Matthew Rosenberg and Ron Nixon, The New York Times
The federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the FBI for possible links to Russian security services. The concerns surrounding Kaspersky, whose software is sold throughout the United States, are longstanding. The FBI, aided by American spies, has for years been trying to determine whether Kaspersky’s senior executives are working with Russian military and intelligence, according to current and former American officials.
Jorge Pineda and Andrew Cawthorne, Reuters
Four Latin American nations will join an attempt to mediate Venezuela’s political crisis in new talks later this month, the president of the Dominican Republic said on Thursday. Danilo Medina hosted high-level delegations from Venezuela’s feuding government and opposition for two days in the latest foreign-led effort to ease a standoff alarming the world. “We advanced definition of an agenda on Venezuela’s big problems. A commission of friendly countries was agreed,” the Dominican leader told reporters, saying Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua would join the process.
Charles Fain Lehman, Washington Free Beacon
Russia and China have played a major role in keeping the dictatorial Maduro regime in Venezuela afloat, according to expert testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday. Evan Ellis, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at the US Army War College, appeared before the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee for a hearing on the malicious influence of state and criminal actors in the Latin American nation’s ongoing breakdown.
Andrew Buncombe, The Independent
Venezuela’s government has launched a scheme to encourage people to breed rabbits and eat them as a way of countering frequently chronic food shortages and growing child malnutrition. The government of Nicolás Maduro said the so-called Rabbit Plan would help boost food availability. Officials have also shown citizens how to grow food on the roofs and balconies of their homes.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
September 15th, 1959: Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.