ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler; China Among Worst Human Traffickers; Cyber Attack Sweeps Globe

ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler; China Among Worst Human Traffickers; Cyber Attack Sweeps Globe
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What you need to know

A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.


China is among worst human trafficking offenders, state department says. - The New York Times

U.S. joins growing calls for China to allow Liu Xiaobo cancer treatment abroad. - The Guardian

China on Tuesday rejected criticism over its treatment of cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo after the United States urged Beijing to give the paroled activist freedom to move and to choose his own doctors. - AFP via Hong Kong Free Press

Concerned they are being shortchanged, Hollywood studios are conducting an audit of box-office receipts from Chinese movie theaters, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. - The Wall Street Journal

The once-budding bromance between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have cooled considerably after Beijing failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and missile program. - Fox News

China National Petroleum Corp has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns the state-owned oil company won't get paid, as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, three sources told Reuters. - Channel NewsAsia

China’s Premier, Li Keqiang praises free trade, in contrast to Trump. Li on Tuesday said his country’s desire to be seen as the world’s new leader in globalization and free trade, but he offered no specifics on how China might lower its own trade barriers, which are among the steepest of any large country. - The New York Times

China is facing the largest diabetes epidemic in the world with around 11 per cent of its population suffering from the metabolic illness, while nearly 36 per cent are pre-diabetic, according to a US study published on Tuesday (Jun 27). - Channle NewsAsia


A Tibetan man called out on Friday for freedom for Tibet before cutting his own throat in a solo protest outside Lhasa’s famous Jokhang temple, Tibetan sources said. - Radio Free Asia


International rights groups, American diplomats, and Myanmar journalists have called for the immediate release of three local reporters arrested on Monday in the country’s volatile northeastern Shan State after attending an event organized by an ethnic armed group that has engaged in recent hostilities with the national army. - Radio Free Asia

Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia torched nearly $1 billion (£786 million) worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as police struggle to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region. - The Telegraph

Hong Kong:

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong tomorrow for handover anniversary -South China Morning Post


Another Taiwan trade office has had its name changed under pressure from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. The ministry's official website shows that Oficina Comercial de la Republica de China (Taiwan), Quito, Ecuador has been changed to Oficina Comercial de Taipei. - Central News Agency via The News Lens

Qatar has recently decided to grant landing visa privileges to Taiwanese passport holders who visit the Gulf country for tourism, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. - Central News Agency

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Act Governing Civil Servants’ Retirement, Discharge, and Pensions (公務人員退休資遣撫卹法), marking a significant step in the government’s pursuit of pension reform. - The Taipei Times

Taiwan's first Apache combat squad will be formally commissioned Wednesday under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command after undergoing more than two years of training on Taiwan's most advanced attack helicopters. - Central News Agency

South Korea:

President Trump’s campaign to rein in North Korea is about to get a lot more complicated, as a progressive new leader in South Korea and fraying ties with China leave the United States with fewer partners to press Kim Jong-un on his nuclear or missile programs.- The New York Times

South Korea’s foreign minister said a review of a controversial U.S. missile-defense system ordered by President Moon Jae-in “does not mean we’ll cancel or reverse our decision” to host it, striking a conciliatory tone ahead of Mr. Moon’s White House visit this week. - The Wall Street Journal

North Korea:

North Korea’s state media described President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy as “Nazism in the 21st century,” and compared the U.S. president to Adolf Hitler, in the harshest language that Pyongyang has directed at the Trump administration. - The Wall Street Journal


A schoolboy has set a record for consecutive victories in professional shogi – a Japanese version of chess – winning plaudits from the prime minister and sparking a surge of interest in the board game. - The Guardian

Few Japanese express confidence in Trump doing the right thing on global stage, poll finds. - The Japan Times

North Korea is now able to hit Japan with the nuclear missile, says Japanese newspaper. - The Independent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favoritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election. - Channel NewsAsia


The international cyber attack, currently spreading from Russia and Ukraine to Europe and the US, is "more dangerous and intrusive" than WannaCry - the ransomware that hobbled institutions such as FedEx and Britain's National Health Service, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) said on Wednesday. - Channel NewsAsia


Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. - Reuters

President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a “human rights” calamity on the Philippines as he spearheaded a brutal campaign to eradicate illicit drugs, a human rights watchdog said, accusing him of “supporting” drug-related killings and intimidating critics. - The Philippine Star

The Philippines may get new law: sing the national anthem with the spirit or face prison Time. - The New York Times


Malaysia is taken off US human trafficking watchlist. - Channel NewsAsia


With Modi in Washington, China and India ‘Jostle’ on their border. - The New York Times