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China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

But several Afghan officials have confirmed the plans, on the record.

China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. But Afghan security officials have confirmed the original report, and offered additional details of the secretive Chinese presence in the region.

In January, reports emerged that Beijing and Kabul had come to an agreement for China to build and supply a military base in Badakhshan, the remote panhandle of Afghanistan that borders China and Tajikistan.

But at a January 25 press briefing, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian denied those claims. “The so-called issue that China is building a military base in Afghanistan is groundless,” he said.

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Of Course Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Fluent Mandarin

How’s your week going? Been pretty good? Feeling like you’re doing well at work and things are looking up?

Well, Mark Zuckerberg is back again to make you feel inadequate.

The Facebook CEO participated in a 30-minute question and answer session at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday, which he posted to his public page. He did the whole thing in Mandarin. He even cracked some jokes.

Evidently, Zuckerberg started studying Mandarin in 2010, saying it was his “personal challenge.”

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The battle for Hong Kong’s future: there’s no going back

Regardless of what the end game is, Beijing cannot ignore the pro-democracy protests that have given the people of Hong Kong their voice. 

The fast moving events over the past week in Hong Kong have taken even the most astute political observers of the city by surprise.

The week started with class boycotts by hundreds of university students, followed by the unexpected launch of the long-awaited Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement.

Image: Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong

For a week, the Hong Kong public was treated to street theatre and passionate speeches pushing for a seemingly impossible dream: Beijing’s blessing for universal suffrage that would give citizens of the autonomous region a fair chance to elect its chief executive, the head of the city’s government.

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The SEC is investigating the Kushner family’s company over its use of a controversial visa program

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating Kushner Companies for its use of a controversial visa program. 
  • The company is owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. 
  • This isn’t the first time Kushner Companies has come under scrutiny. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a probe into Kushner Companies, the New York real-estate firm owned by the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The investigation reportedly focuses on the company’s use of the EB-5 visa program, which allows 10,000 immigrant visas each year in an effort to promote investment from foreign countries into less-developed regions or create jobs in the US.

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Newly appointed ambassador to North Korea Dennis Rodman travels to Pyongyang despite travel ban as tensions speed up

Ban on US passport holders travelling to Pyongyang stops former basketball star from making sixth trip

Dennis Rodman, the American basketball star turned freelance diplomat , has urged Donald Trump to sign him up as a peace envoy to North Korea after his latest foray into Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom was scuppered by a travel ban preventing US citizens from visiting.

During an interview in Beijing, from where Rodman had hoped to fly to Pyongyang for his sixth trip there, the former NBA star said US officials had discouraged him from doing so amid continuing tensions between the countries. “Basically they said it’s not a good time right now,” he said.

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Top-level Chinese envoy arrives in North Korea for the first time in years

BEIJING (AP) — China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations after President Donald Trump last week urged Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program.

Song Tao will report on the outcomes of China’s ruling Communist Party congress held last month and visit counterparts in his role as President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, according to Chinese state media. China has given no other details about his itinerary or said whether he’ll meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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China is angry, but what can it do about North Korea?

Xi Jinping has few options to bring Kim Jong-un into line but he also has to contend with the unpredictable Donald Trump

On Friday afternoon, the eve of North Korea’s most powerful ever nuclear test, China’s football-loving president received a gift from the world’s greatest ever player.

“Good luck,” read the handwritten message from PelĂ© on a canary yellow Brazil jersey handed to Xi Jinping by his South American counterpart, Michel Temer.

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