ASIA NEWS BITES: Asia Reels from Cyber Attack; North Korea Missile Launch; China’s OBOR Propaganda Drive

ASIA NEWS BITES: Asia Reels from Cyber Attack; North Korea Missile Launch; China’s OBOR Propaganda Drive
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China:

China has opened a summit to promote its massive global trade infrastructure project, highlighting Beijing's ambitions to spearhead a new era of globalization as Washington shifts toward inward-looking policies. - Channel News Asia

The wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong(江天勇) has said she has received an account of his torture during his detention in an unknown location. - Radio Free Asia

Dozens of parents who lost children in the devastating Sichuan (四川) earthquake of 2008 staged a rally on the ninth anniversary of the disaster on Friday over unpaid compensation, while others remained under close surveillance or house arrest. - Radio Free Asia

North Korea:

North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile near Kusong in North Pyongan Province at 05.27 KST (16.27 EST on Saturday), it was the first missile since South Korean President Moon Jae-in's inauguration. - North Korea News

North Korea will talk to U.S. “if conditions are there”, says diplomat Choe Son Hui. - North Korea News

If Kim Jong Un wants to meet President Trump, he’s going the wrong way about it, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday after North Korea’s latest missile launch. - The Washington Post

South Korea:

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday in what appeared to be a test of the new South Korean government's inter-Korean policy just four days after Moon Jae-in took office. Moon immediately convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC) meeting, in which he condemned the launch. - The Korea Times

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong and London have locked horns at a two-day high-level forum in Beijing over which city is best placed to act as the ­finance hub for China’s global trade and commerce strategy. - South China Morning Post

Members of Hong Kong’s Muslim community hit out against a police report stating Islamic State-inspired lone wolves could carry out an attack in the city, claiming the force was adding to a stigma already felt by the community. - South China Morning Post

Taiwan:

A group of Filipino congressmen have issued a joint statement supporting Taiwan's bid to attend this year's World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. - Central News Agency

The wife of a Taiwan human rights activist detained in China and representatives from an international non-governmental organization departed on Sunday for the United States to attend a House committee hearing, at the invitation of a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. - Central News Agency

Japan:

Nissan is trying to fix its British plant affected by the global cyber attack that began Friday, officials said Sunday. - The Japan Times

Cambodia:

About 250 students and activists traveling from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong province to hold a “Mangrove Festival” to raise awareness of disappearing forests found themselves on the wrong side of local authorities. - The Cambodia Daily

Burma:

Burma’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to the leader of an armed ethnic group. - The Irrawaddy

Indonesia:

At least two of Indonesia's major hospitals have been struck in the "ransomware" cyberattack that infected computers globally, a government official said on Saturday. - Jakarta Globe

Philippines:

Hundreds of millions in Chinese assistance intended for a railway project have been exhausted, President Duterte said, as he vowed to put at stake his life, honor and the presidency in his fight against corruption. - The Philippine Star

Thailand:

A Marine Department crackdown on illegal structures built over waterways across the country is too harsh and conflicts with the traditional Thai way of life, according to a leading figure in the fisheries business and an academic. - The Nation Multimedia

Malaysia:

The Malaysian police have confirmed that four Malaysians have taken over slain Islamic State (IS) recruiter Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi’s role. - The Today News