China begins a major effort to boost its economic growth with business tax breaks and export liberalization, amid an increasing industrial slowdown.
The United Nations General Assembly votes on a slate of new members of the Human Rights Council. The election of certain countries—China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan—draws strong criticism over their human rights records, including from UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, who described the election as "making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade".
Stuart Robert representing the Liberal Party, Australia's Minister for Veterans' Affairs and for Human Services, resigns for breaching ministerial standards during his 2014 business trip to China while Assistant Minister for Defence.
Lawyers for imprisoned disabled Chinese rights activist Ni Yulan challenge her convictions for fraud and "picking quarrels" in court. [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-304584-lawyers-for-disabled-china-activist-appeal-conviction ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019
As many as half a million pilgrims from 35 nations, including India, China and Vietnam, attend open-air Mass at Fátima, Portugal, celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope criticises abortion and same-sex marriage in a speech.