Ranting and Rapping Online in China, and Raking In Millions

Li Tianyou is one of China’s best-known internet personalities and a hero for a generation of disaffected youth from smaller cities and rural areas. Source: World

Kim ‘Is Begging for War,’ Nikki Haley Says, but Urges More Diplomacy

North Korea showed signs of preparing for another missile launch, a South Korean defense official said. Source: World

India, U.S. and Japan Begin War Games, and China Hears a Message

The Indian Navy also announced a plan to station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea. Source: World

Detained Over Ivanka Trump Factory Inspection, China Labor Activist Speaks Out

The arrest of Hua Haifeng in May led to weeks in detention under poor conditions and multiple interrogations, and he now faces trial. Source: World

Panama Establishes Ties With China, Further Isolating Taiwan

The decision, which also raises questions about waning American influence under President Trump, may put Taiwan’s relationship with its remaining allies in Central America in doubt. Source: World

Cyberattack Spreads in Asia, Though No ‘Second Wave’ Is Seen

Two prestigious Chinese universities, a movie theater chain in South Korea and Japanese automakers were affected, but copycat variants did not seem to have materialized. Source: World

Chinese Offer to Eat Denmark’s Oyster Problem to Extinction

When the Danish Embassy in Beijing posted online about an invasive species clogging the shores back home, it drew a more enthusiastic response than it bargained for. Source: World

Chinese Media Is Subdued in the Face of North Korea-U.S. Standoff

Beijing’s relative silence may be an attempt to placate both Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Trump, and to prevent the Chinese public from panicking. Source: World

China’s Death Penalty Is Still Veiled in Secrecy, Amnesty Says

An Amnesty International report adds to the debate about how much to trust Beijing’s claims that it has sharply cut the number of prisoners it executes. Source: World

Australian Vote on Extradition Treaty With China Is Canceled

The canceling of the vote by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signaled that concerns over China’s human rights record would continue to limit the two countries’ ties. Source: World