1. North Korea has announced it will deploy military units to two areas near the border with the South. The announcement came one day after the North blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in the city of Kaesong. North Korea’s state-run media aired video of the demolition on Wednesday. It came with a warning that the destruction was only a first step, and the next step will be decided based on how Seoul responds.
  2. A survey of Hong Kong residents found that more than 80 percent of young people see themselves as Hongkongers rather than Chinese. Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute surveyed the territory’s residents aged 18 or older on how they view their identity, and received answers from 1,002 people. The poll was taken during the first four days of June, right after the Chinese government decided to introduce national security legislation in Hong Kong.
  3. Health authorities in China are again stepping up measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, following an increase of cases in the capital Beijing. On Tuesday, Beijing reported 31 more people are infected and have symptoms, bringing the number of infections confirmed since June 11 to 137.
June 17, Wednesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline