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Elevator maintenance men returning to work after a month-long break for Chinese New Year made a horrific discovery last week when they opened the cab of a broken lift and found the body of a woman who had been trapped inside since late January and starved to death. The gruesome incident in the western city of Xi’an, renowned as the home of China’s Terra Cotta Warriors, has sparked outrage over the apparent negligence of the elevator repair company and the building’s management office.



For globalists such as Merkel, interconnectedness is a good thing because it is what drives progress towards more prosperity and freedom everywhere. For territorialists such as Trump, interconnectedness is mainly a threat. What is good and healthy is attributed to the natives and what is dangerous comes from outside: unfair Chinese competition, dangerous Mexican immigrants and Middle Eastern terrorists.



But new sanctions approved by theUnited Nations Security Council last week offer at least the possibility of altering North Korea's behavior. Much will depend on whether China, North Korea's patron, enabler and largest trading partner, follows the letter and spirit of the resolution it supported.



For years, Changchun and the rest of Jilin province — its name means “auspicious forest” — enjoyed success, along with China’s two other northeastern provinces, Liaoning and Heilongjiang. The region has long been China’s industrial heartland and breadbasket, and young people vied for positions in deep-pocketed state-owned heavy enterprises like First Automotive. Between 2008 and 2012, the region’s GDP grew at 12.4% a year — outpacing the national average — as the nation went on a building spree and an emerging middle class turned China into the world’s biggest auto market.



When he calls Mexican immigrants rapists, or demands a ban on Muslims entering the US, many of us hear the racism and the bigotry. Trump supporters hear someone speaking his mind and saying things that cannot normally be said.



Should Trump become the nominee, more reasoned minds in the GOP might do well to abandon it altogether. The death of this party — of know-nothing ugliness and outright fascist rhetoric — might be a blessing, a cleansing of the palate before a resurrection of the party of limited government and individual liberty.



One example is the notorious “Great Firewall of China,” a government operation that screens and blocks Internet content, creating a realm of politically sanitized information for citizens. China is the only major country in the world whose official internal-security budget is larger than its official national-defense budget.



Since 2002, “jungle” after “jungle” has grown up and been cleared. But this latest settlement might have been expected to last. In March 2015 the French authorities created it to house the refugees they had kicked out of a string of smaller camps in the region. At that time, the refugees were promised that if they moved to this piece of land they would not be evicted. Less than a year later, that promise is being broken.