China Cracks Down on Critics Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary
China is detaining more government critics and warning journalists from reporting on "sensitive topics" ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Dozens of activists have been detained or placed under house arrest in the lead-up to the June 3-4 anniversary of Beijing's violent suppression of pro-democracy protests.
The latest to be held is Chinese-born Australian artist Guo Jian, who was taken away by police Sunday night, just after the Financial Times published an interview with him.
China does not allow public discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, in which hundreds, possibly even thousands, of protesters were killed by Chinese soldiers.
Security was tighter than usual in Beijing on Tuesday, with expanded police patrols and security checkpoints throughout the city.
It has become an annual tradition for Beijing to round up activists ahead of the sensitive anniversary, but Amnesty International says the current wave of detentions is harsher than in recent years.
Obama in Poland for Talks on Ukraine, NATO
U.S. President Barack Obama is in Poland on the first stop of a three-nation European tour expected to be dominated by talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Mr. Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski are meeting Tuesday in Warsaw after visiting with airmen from both nations who are part of a mission providing extra air support to the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Their talks are also expected to focus on NATO and U.S.-Polish relations.
The two presidents will host a broader meeting later Tuesday with leaders from Central and European countries. Mr. Obama is also scheduled to meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
The U.S. leader's trip comes as Ukraine's government battles pro-Russian separatists. He is due to meet with Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko before leaving Poland on Wednesday.