Wang Qishan has been appointed to China’s national legislature. He used his previous position on the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to enforce allegiance to President Xi Jinping.
The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation forum has sharpened longstanding concerns about environmental damage from China’s dam-building.
Swedish national Gui Minhai was detained a second time during a train trip to Beijing accompanied by Swedish diplomats.
The removal of politically sensitive content from a middle-school history textbook’s chapter on the the turbulent 1966-76 Cultural Revolution provoked controversy in China.
China’s officially atheist government insists it has authority to choose the next spiritual leader of the Tibetans. But the current Dalai Lama has said his new incarnation will not be found in territory controlled by China. Reincarnation is the Tibetans’ traditional method for identifying future religious leaders.
In a New Year’s Day speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said, “The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my desk.” U.S. President Donald Trump responded in a tweet that his button is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim’s.