Earlier this week, police in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun arrested 18 people after a major vaccine manufacturer recalled its rabies vaccine. It’s the latest in a string of tainted or substandard vaccine scandals to hit China, which is plagued with endemic corruption and profiteering in its biotech industry.
The U.S. has imposed massive tariffs on Chinese imports, and China has responded with retaliatory tariffs.
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, Lieutenant General Hun Manet, was promoted last month to acting chief of the joint staff and commander of army headquarters. Hun Sen has been accused of trying to build a political dynasty by priming his three sons for powerful posts.
Shanghai resident Dong Yaoqiong was incommunicado on July 5 after she streamed live video social media of herself splashing ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping and declaring she did it to "oppose Xi Jinping's tyranny and dictatorship" and "oppressive brain control." Dong's act of protest drew a swift visit to her home by uniformed men, and her account and video were scrubbed by authorities, but she became an icon on social media, inspiring at least one copycat protest in another Chinese city.