Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

‘Sacred day’: Chinese remember Tiananmen killings by fasting

Thirty years after crackdown, fasting is gaining traction to mark 4 June amid increasing censorship For the past 29 years, Chen Wei has marked the anniversary of the bloody 4 June Tiananmen Square crackdown by fasting for 24 hours, consuming only water and thinking of the students who perished. Chen, a former student organiser, started the tradition when she was in prison, soon after the protests ended, while serving 20 months in an 8 sq metre cell. It was a small, silent act of resistance. The guards did not pay attention to whether she ate or not. Chen is one of many former protesters and activists who will be fasting on Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the censorship, more people …