North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an unofficial visit to Beijing. The meeting came ahead of a planned meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The law promotes official exchanges between Taiwan and the United States.
The death of famed physicist Stephen Hawking reminds RFA cartoonist Rebel Pepper of the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last year. At the 2010 Nobel ceremony in Oslo, the democracy activist was represented by an empty chair because he was serving an 11-year jail term in China for “incitement to subvert state power.”
China has detained close relatives of four U.S.-based reporters for RFA’s Uyghur service, in apparent retaliation for their coverage of the Xinjiang region. Human rights groups have condemned the detentions, and the Committee to Protect Journalists called them “a cruel, if not barbaric, tactic.”
The visit comes as China bolsters its military presence in the South China Sea.
China’s plan to abolish presidential term limits would put President Xi Jinping in the same category as revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, who declared the nation’s founding in 1949.