Vietnam’s legislature is considering a proposal that would allow some prisoners to remain in cages at home. Families would be required to feed the inmates, but authorities would keep the keys to the cages. The move is aimed at reducing overcrowding in Vietnam’s prisons.
Kim Jong Un has visited the Samjiyon tourist district, near North Korea’s border with China, three times in 2018 to check on its progress. Kim mentioned the project, which includes more than 400 new buildings, in his 2018 New Year’s address.
A report by a congressional panel, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, found a steady erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The report said Beijing’s statements and actions have alarmed the territory’s legislators, civil society groups and legal community.
Now that the midterm elections are over, U.S. politicians from both parties may turn their attention to political and economic disputes with President Xi Jinping’s China.
The College Entrance Examination Bureau in the Chinese megacity Chongqing created a firestorm when it suggested that students who fail a political examination would not be eligible for college admission.
United Nations human rights experts in Geneva are assessing China amid a global outcry over the mass incarceration of an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic Muslims in “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The human rights group Freedom House reports that countries are embracing China’s model of digital authoritarianism.