Detained Chinese human rights lawyer: ‘I will never accept’ government attorney

A detained Chinese human rights lawyer said he would never agree to be represented by a government-appointed attorney, in a video statement recorded months before his arrest and released on Wednesday.
Supporters of Yu Wensheng released the video after his wife was notified by authorities last week that Yu had dismissed the two lawyers he hired. 
“I will never accept a lawyer appointed by the authorities, unless I am tortured,” Yu says in the video, adding that he would accept a…
Source: SCMP – China

China, Russia and Japan seek seats at the table with Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump

As the situation on the Korean peninsula shifts rapidly, regional stakeholders are working to ensure they will each have a seat at any negotiating table.
The battle for influence in the decades-long North Korea crisis is key ahead of high-stakes summits planned between Kim Jong-un, leader of the reclusive authoritarian state, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, then US President Donald Trump in May or June.
In recent months, the region has seen a decompression in tensions –…
Source: SCMP – China

‘This is irresponsible’: China blasts Canadian senator whose bill condemns Beijing’s ‘hostile’ actions in South China Sea

A motion against Chinese military actions in the disputed South China Sea has been slammed by China, which has called the senator who sponsored the bill “irresponsible” and liable to “stir up troubles” between the two countries.
The Senate, whose members are not elected, passed the nonbinding measure on Tuesday condemning China’s “hostile behaviour” in the South China Sea, complicating efforts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to improve…
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Chinese tech company Huawei investigated for violating Iran sanctions by US Department of Justice

The US Justice Department is investigating China’s  Huawei Technologies, the largest maker of telecom equipment in the world, for violating US sanctions in relation to Iran, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, amid growing concern in Washington about Chinese technology companies. 

The report follows news last week that the Justice Department activated sanctions on another Chinese telecom equipment producer, ZTE, on charges related to its equipment sales in…
Source: SCMP – China

Korea summit could help clarify denuclearisation process ahead of Kim-Trump talks, says South’s ex-unification minister

The inter-Korean summit is a crucial stepping stone for peace on the peninsula and can pave the way for the planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a former South Korean unification minister has said. 
Jeong Se-hyun said South Korean President Moon Jae-in hoped to mediate an agreement on denuclearisation between Washington and Pyongyang when he meets Kim on Friday, by explaining the international community’s requirements and confirming…
Source: SCMP – China

Trump, border, Belt and Road, and investments on Xi-Modi summit agenda

A summit between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week will mark a significant geopolitical shift as the leaders of the two estranged regional powers join forces amid a growing threat of US protectionism. It could lead to agreements on connectivity, investments and the border, sources said, although both China and India have billed it as an “unofficial” summit with no stated goals.
“Both sides have agreed not to sign an…
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Why China remains cautious over prospects for breakthrough at Korean leaders’ peace summit

China is remaining cautious about the outcome of Friday’s summit between North and South Korea as it is waiting to see whether the proposed talks between the US and Pyongyang lead to real progress, mainland analysts have said.  
The meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the truce village of Panmunjom has the potential to get what is likely to prove a long and difficult process off to a good start, they said. 
It will also…
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Three Chinese tourists killed, 8 injured in road accident in Egypt

Three Chinese tourists were killed on Tuesday and eight others were injured in a road accident in Alexandria, Egypt, a government statement said.
Two of those injured were in critical condition, the statement said.
A travel van carrying a group of 11 Chinese tourists overturned into a roadside canal, said Guo Hualong, director of counsellor affairs at the Chinese embassy in Egypt.
32 Chinese tourists dead in North Korea coach crash
The van had hit a bus on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, and…
Source: SCMP – China

Ringleaders of billion-dollar transpacific cocaine gang held in mainland China

Two Hongkongers thought to be the leaders of a transpacific drug trafficking ring linked to the biggest cocaine seizure in recent Chinese history were sent back to the mainland after Interpol helped catch them overseas, authorities said on Tuesday.
A total of nine city residents were arrested in the eight months to March for transporting 1.3 tonnes of cocaine – worth more than 1 billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) – from South America to Shanwei, a coastal city in southern in…
Source: SCMP – China

Why economic cooperation could be the stumbling block at the inter-Korea summit

The leaders of North and South Korea might stumble over barriers to economic cooperation when they meet for their historic summit in the border village of Panmunjom on Friday, diplomatic sources said.

Although South Korea wanted to revive relations with a North Korea battered by United Nations and US sanctions, Seoul was not expected to present a detailed economic cooperation plan at the meeting, the sources said. 

Korea summit: is Kim Jong-un sincere? Here’s how to tell

Source: SCMP – China

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