On May 30, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi 杨洁篪, that China should exert greater pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile development, and that Beijing’s role in getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts was “crucially important.” As part of Yang’s three-day trip to Tokyo from May 29 to 31, the talk came one day after North Korea fired a missile test on Monday for the third straight week. ABC News reports that the missile “fell in waters about 200 nautical miles off Japan’s western coast, within the Japanese-claimed Exclusive Economic Zone.”
Yang and other top officials from Japan, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top security adviser Shotaro Yachi, also discussed regional issues of concern. A statement released by China’s foreign ministry says that Yang told Japan it should view China’s development as an opportunity rather than a threat, and it should deal with issues like the South China Sea and Taiwan cautiously. However, the statement didn’t include any mention of North Korea.
Security firm discovers link between WannaCry ransomware and southern China / Gizmodo
A security firm analyzed the language of the ransom notes given to victims of the recent global hacking attack called Wannacry, and concluded that the author was likely either “native or at least fluent” in Chinese.
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