Asia Briefs: China to send envoy to North Korea

China to send envoy to North Korea

•BEIJING • China will send a senior diplomat to North Korea on Friday as an envoy of President Xi Jinping , reopening a channel of dialogue with the isolated regime. The Foreign Ministry's announcement of the trip by Mr Song Tao, who heads the Communist Party's external affairs department, came a week after United States President Donald Trump visited China and asked Mr Xi to fix the problem of North Korea's nuclear programme.


Travel firm Ctrip suspends top staff

SHANGHAI• • China's leading online travel agency said it has suspended two senior employees after video footage of workers abusing toddlers at a company daycare centre went viral, sparking nationwide outrage. Mr Shi Qi, a group vice-president, and vice-president Feng Weihua were suspended pending an internal probe, said a company letter made public yesterday.


Police arrest two over cow smuggler killing

NEW DELHI • Indian police have arrested two Hindu farmers in connection with the killing of a Muslim man suspected of smuggling cows to a slaughterhouse.

The two suspects were detained on Monday and arrested the next day, said Superintendent Rahul Prakash, the top police officer in Alwar, yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe