China's Communist Party imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong on June 30th that outlaws acts of "secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign or external forces that endanger national security." The dramatic reduction of the former British colony's promised autonomy began swiftly, with China's feared state security agency opening a huge office in the city, and politically sensitive books removed from public libraries.
Seventy years after North Korean founder Kim Il Sung (1912-94) launched the June 25, 1950 surprise attack on South Korea that sparked the Korean War, Kim’s grandchildren, Kim Jong Un and his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, are in charge in Pyongyang – and embroiled in conflict with Seoul and Washington over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions.
Once prominent public figures have not been spared by the Chinese crackdown in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. There are at least 18 business figures whose detention or internment have been confirmed by RFA’s Uyghur Service.
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is on trial for treason, accused of conspiring with the United States and other foreign powers to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Critics say the charge against Kem Sokha is politically motivated and evidence of Cambodia’s slide into authoritarian rule.