Chinese authorities send excavators to destroy a river bank in Henan province. But when locals tried to stop them, they got doused by pepper spray and had their cars smashed. Civilian rescue teams are taking matters into their own hands. They say authorities failed to provide enough disaster aid. Residents lay flowers at the entrance of a flooded subway station in China’s Henan province. Authorities set up barricades there—attracting online criticism. Beijing cracks down on private companies, sending shockwaves through stock markets, and sparking fear among American traders. And Hong Kong moves one step closer to Communist China. The first person charged under the city’s national security law has been found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession. That’s over actions related to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.