Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a sober assessment of the challenges facing the world's second-largest economy and its ruling Communist Party at the opening of a top-level political meeting Wednesday in Beijing. Xi declared it is time for China to be a "mighty force," and he outlined a vision that stretches forward to the middle of this century and pledges to build what he called a "modern socialist country" for a "new era." VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
The Cambodian government rushed through legislative amendments on Monday all but sealing the fate of more than 480 commune chiefs elected just months ago under the banner of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party, or CNRP. And as the National Election Committee hits the provinces to register voters for next year’s parliamentary elections, many now see no point in participating. David Boyle and Tum Malis report from Phnom Penh.