China’s Communist Party to Hold Key Meeting in Late October
THE JAPAN TIMES
China’s ruling Communist Party will hold a key meeting from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, the official Xinhua news agency has reported, a session likely to focus on revising rules of party discipline as Communist party leader Xi Jinping keeps up a battle on corruption. Formally called plenums, such meetings are typically held annually as the party’s most important event and tend to map out major policies for the years ahead.
North Korea’s Food Shortage Grows But Elites Remain Unaffected, Seoul Says
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
North Korea’s food shortage is growing, but the crisis has yet to affect the country’s elite. Citing data from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program, the ministry told South Korean lawmakers food demand in North Korea was about 5.5 million tons, but food production only reached 4.8 million tons. However, the food shortage is expanding.
Dutch Probe: Missile Brought from Russia Downed Malaysia Airlines Plane Over Ukraine
Andrew Roth, THE WASHINGTON POST
A Dutch-led investigation said Wednesday that the surface-to-air missile that downed a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, came from Russia and was fired from territory held by pro-Moscow separatists.
White House Tells the Pentagon to Quit Talking About “Competition” With China
David B Larter, NAVYTIMES
The White House has barred Pentagon leaders from a key talking point when it comes to publicly describing the military challenges posed by China. In February, Defense Secretary Ash Carter cited the “return to great power of competition” in the Asia-Pacific, “where China is rising.”
Concern as Venezuela Refuses to Accept Aid
Nicholas Casey, THE NEW YORK TIMES
These are not normal circumstances: Venezuela’s economic and political crises have left it more isolated than it has been in years — and not just from the United States. Shortages of food and medicine have left Peru calling for a bloc of countries to pressure Mr. Maduro to accept humanitarian donations, something that he declines to do. Mercosur, the South American trade bloc, has threatened to expel Venezuela over human rights violations and not complying with its trade laws.