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China: A man wielding a knife attacked and injured at least six persons at the Guangzhou railway station in south China on Tuesday morning, state media reported. The injuries were said not to be life-threatening. One suspect was shot by the police and detained.

Comment: This is the second knife slashing at a railroad station in southern China and the third terrorist incident in two months. The last knife attack was on 1 March in Kunming and resulted in 33 dead and 143 injured. On 2 May, two terrorists made a suicide attack at a train station in Urumqi in western China, killing themselves and one other person and injuring 79.

The perpetrators in the prior attacks were connected to the Uighur separatists in Xinjiang. The use of a long knife in today's attack suggests the attacker was from the same knife wielding terrorist cell in southern China that attacked in March. .

For the record: China denied that it engaged in contingency planning for a North Korean internal collapse. China's denial is de rigueur, but in this instance it might be partly true.

The so-called contingency plans that were published in the Japanese press are probably not accurate because they purport to describe plans for coping with refugees on the Chinese side of the border. Since before the death of Kim Il-sung in 1994, China has followed a consistent policy of never creating or allowing South Korea to create any sort of program that would attract North Koreans, such as building refugee camps in China.

Chinese policy is to prevent instability on the Korean peninsula. Should it occur, however, the policy is to keep North Koreans and their problems in North Korea or South Korea.

Thailand: Thailand's Constitutional Court is set Wednesday to decide whether to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office on abuse of power charges.

The premier appeared before the court on Tuesday to deny charges that she replaced the national security chief in 2011 for the benefit of her party - an offense for which she can be dismissed.

The court, which has played a key role in recent turbulent chapters of Thai politics, said it was ready to rule at noon on Wednesday.

Comment: Whether Yingluck stays or goes, another round of protests and turbulence appears likely in Bangkok.

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