South Korea has issued a demand for a formal apology after security guards at a trade event blocked a group of journalists covering President Moon, severely beat one of them, and landed him in the hospital, where he required “intensive treatment,” the Yonhap News Agency reports.
- The incident occured ahead of Moon’s meeting with Xi Jinping on Thursday, in which the two leaders are attempting to improve relations frayed by the deployment of a U.S. antimissile defense system in South Korea, which China wants removed. The New York Times (paywall) reports that “the two sides agreed before the meeting not to issue a joint statement, South Korean officials said, signaling that China was sticking to a tough position on the antimissile system.”
- South Korean cultural imports such as soap operas, movies, and K-pop all fell victim to the standoff between the two governments. Reuters reports that as part of the effort to smooth things over, Moon brought several South Korean celebrities along during his trip to China, including actress Song Hye-kyo, star of hit TV series Descendants of the Sun that took China by storm last year, and the chart-topping boy band EXO.
- On the North Korea front, China’s navy was scheduled to start a four-day live-fire exercise in the Bohai Sea, as the United States, South Korea, and Japan also conducted naval drills in the East China Sea.
- Keeping an eye on citizens
China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter / TechCrunch
“The chase was a stunt set up to illustrate just how powerful and effective the Chinese government’s surveillance system can be. It’s a stark example of the type of monitoring that China has invested heavily in over recent years with the aim of helping police do their job more efficiently.” (See the BBC’s video report here.)
In China, a three-digit score could dictate your place in society / Wired
“Social credit is an attempt at a softer, more invisible authoritarianism. The goal is to nudge people toward behaviors ranging from energy conservation to obedience to the Party.”
- Liu Xia
Chinese dissident’s widow sends desperate letter / Digital Journal
“Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widow’s health on Thursday after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression.”
- India border tensions
China building up troop numbers near Doklam after summer stand-off with India / SCMP
- Australia-China relations
Australian universities accused of sharing military technology with China / Australian Broadcasting Co.
Mysterious letter shows influence of Chinese community in crucial Bennelong by-election / Australian Broadcasting Co.
Australia’s envoy to China summoned over foreign interference law / Sydney Morning Herald