September 20th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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September 20th, 2017

CHINA

China Is Refusing To Cede Ground As US Issues Trade Threats

Sophia Yan, NBC News

The long-term battle on trade between the US and China shows no sign of ending as a war of words ensued this week between the two. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called China an “unprecedented” threat, because of the “sheer scale of their coordinated efforts to develop their economy, to subsidize, to create national champions, to force technology transfer and to distort markets.”

Uyghur Woman Handed 10-Year Prison Term Over Headscarf Claim

Radio Free Asia

A Chinese court in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region has jailed a young Uyghur woman for 10 years over claims by a friend that she had promoted the wearing of headscarves, a form of Islamic dress increasingly restricted by Chinese authorities, sources say. Horigul Nasir had been working as an au pair in Xinjiang’s Kashgar city, the woman’s brother Yusupjan Nasir told RFA’s Uyghur Service.
 
CUBA
 
Sarah Marsh, Reuters
Cuba on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest comments about the island as “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling,” while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed U.S. diplomats in Havana. The sharply worded Foreign Ministry statement came after US and Cuban delegations met in Washington to discuss bilateral relations, the first such high-level meeting between the Cold War foes since Trump took office in January. 
 
 
LAOS
 
Prashanth Parameswaran, The Diplomat
Over the weekend, China and Laos held the first iteration of a new defense consultative mechanism. The convening of the so-called high-level frontier meetings, led by the defense ministers of both sides, has been billed yet another step in the development of security ties by Beijing and Vientiane despite some of the recent challenges inherent in the relationship.
 
 
NORTH KOREA
 

Qatar And Kuwait Stop Renewing Visas For North Korean Workers

Alexander Cornwell and Ahmad Hagagy, Reuters
North Korean workers will start leaving Qatar and Kuwait after the Gulf Arab states said they would stop renewing visas, cutting off a source of foreign income for Pyongyang after UN Security Council sanctions and pressure from the United States. Several thousand North Korean workers reside in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites. Kuwait hosts the only North Korean diplomatic mission in the region and this week took steps to expel the ambassador and downgrade ties.
 

RUSSIA

Estonia’s Defense Chief Says Russia Would Intervene Militarily In Belarus If Needed

ERR.ee

Russia is prepared to intervene militarily in Belarus, similarly to how it did in Ukraine, should the political situation in the former head in a direction unwelcome by Russia, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras told ERR in an interview. Similarly to Ukraine, Russia is planning on taking military steps against Belarus if the political situation in Belarus changes. The Russian Armed Forces and security structures have prepared to intervene if necessary and launch a military operation in Belarus. The direction and planning of this operation began in 2014.

Russia, China Decline To Join Trump Declaration Of Reform At UN

RFE/RL

Russia and China late on September 18 declined to join 128 other nations in signing U.S. President Donald Trump declaration of support for reforms to make the United Nations more effective in addressing global crises. Russian officials said that while they support the idea of streamlining the UN bureaucracy, they believe any changes in the international body should be negotiated by members states rather than imposed through a declaration drafted solely by the United States.

Russia Prosecutes Man Literally Digging Up Its Darkest Gulag Secrets

Shura Burtin, Euromaidan Press

Historian Yuri Dmitriev, a man who devoted his life to bringing to light the executed victims of the Soviet regime, was put on trial in Russia’s Petrozavodsk on June 1. The events that have brought him to trial took place 80 years ago in a forest near Belomorkanal, a 141-mile-long canal connecting the White Sea with the Baltic Sea. Tens of thousands of Gulag prisoners were forced to build the canal; thousands died of malnutrition and exhaustion.

 

UKRAINE

Toppled “Mafia” President Cost Ukraine Up To $100 Billion, Prosecutor Says

Guy Faulconbridge, Anna Dabrowska, and Stephen Grey, Reuters
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has accused Viktor Yanukovich of heading a mafia-style syndicate whose crimes cost the former Soviet republic up to $100 billion and said some of the stolen money was now being used to fund Russian-backed separatists. Ex-President Yanukovich fled to Russia in late February after a revolt that prompted Vladimir Putin to annex Ukraine’s Crimea province, triggering the biggest confrontation between the Kremlin and the West since the end of the Cold War in 1991.
 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 20th, 1977: The new Socialist Republic of Vietnam, created after North Vietnam’s conquest of its southern neighbor, is admitted to the United Nations. 




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