North Korea freed a Chinese fishing vessel and its crew after the boat’s owner posted updates on his microblog account saying that he’d been told to pay a 600,000- yuan ($97,800) ransom to win their release.
China’s Communist Party fired a vice chairman of the economic planning agency who is suspected of “severe disciplinary violations,” after a Chinese journalist posted allegations that he had improper business dealings.
Chinese movie director Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is being investigated for violating the country’s one-child policy, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The risk of a miscalculation in the dispute over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs has increased, and China takes the tensions “very seriously,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
Across the Yalu River dividing China and North Korea, towers that will support a sleek suspension bridge rise south of one that U.S. bombers targeted during the Korean War to prevent China from supplying its ally.