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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Germany has summoned North Korea’s emissary for talks in Berlin while Switzerland has offered to play a mediating role in the crisis. Tensions have risen dramatically after Pyongyang staged its largest nuclear test yet.
After North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test to date, Germany’s Foreign Office called for a meeting with Pyongyang’s representative in Berlin on Monday afternoon.
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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 Pelé on a canary yellow Brazil jersey handed to Xi Jinping by his South American counterpart, Michel Temer.
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Organizers barred journalists on Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai to attract Chinese investment in a US real estate project linked to the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law in exchange for immigrant visas.
The two-tower luxury apartment complex in New Jersey, One Journal Square, is being developed by KABR Group and the Kushner Companies, which until recently was headed by senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
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Rex Tillerson says US has ‘spoken enough’ about hermit state as Donald Trump prepares to meet Pyongyang’s ally Xi Jinping
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, sending a clear message to its ally China ahead of the first summit between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida on Friday.
Japan called the test “extremely problematic”, while the South Korean foreign ministry said it “threatens the peace and safety of the international community as well as the Korean peninsula”.
However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a “terse response… unlike the standard diplomatic condemnations that usually follow Pyongyang’s missile tests”, CNN says.
“The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Tillerson said.
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In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source.
Continue reading North Korea Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that his national anticorruption campaign will now extend beyond people and begin investigating state firms.
This directive, says state media organization Xinhua News, is a new priority in 2015. President Xi announced the change through a party communique on Wednesday, after the fifth plenary session of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
It’s impossible to overstate what this anticorruption drive has done in China. It has claimed one of the highest government officials to go down since the days of Mao.
It has changed the entire business landscape and changed the social structure of the world’s biggest gambling center, Macau. And it has rich Chinese people worried about being flashy with their money.
It has uncovered millions of dollars held by corrupt officials.
But the question remains whether this is totally about wiping out corruption. Some believe it’s about Xi consolidating power not merely under the party but under him.
Here’s what the CCDI will be focusing on, according to Xinhua:
- The top task for 2015 will be the tightening up of internal management and ensuring central leadership policies are implemented. The CCDI demanded that senior officials “toe the line” and that cronyism, fakery and sycophancy would not be tolerated.
- All state-owned enterprises (SOEs) under the care of the central government will be subject to inspections and supervision will be tightened on SOEs across the board.
- The heads of Party and government departments, and state-owned enterprises will be held accountable for any serious corruption cases that happen under their charge.
- The rooting out of harmful working practices, including abuse of public money and bureaucracy, will continue.
- Officials in key positions who use their influence in infrastructure projects and public land deals, embezzle state-owned assets, or buy and sell government posts will face serious penalties.
- Disciplinary inspection organs will strengthen international cooperation in the hunt for fugitive officials and asset recovery.
- The CCDI will build a loyal, clean, responsible discipline inspection team. Incompetent inspectors will be replaced and those who look the other way would be punished.
This will get interesting.