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Edgy times on China's border with North Korea

Edgy times on China's border with North KoreaBy Sue-Lin Wong YANBIAN, China (Reuters) – I sat on a metal bench, the chill seeping through my down jacket, as a Chinese government official towered above me, shouting. As usually happens when I report from this part of the world, the Chinese authorities were telling me to go away. China has long posted military and police along its border with North Korea.



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Edgy times on China's border with North Korea

Edgy times on China's border with North KoreaBy Sue-Lin Wong YANBIAN, China (Reuters) – I sat on a metal bench, the chill seeping through my down jacket, as a Chinese government official towered above me, shouting. As usually happens when I report from this part of the world, the Chinese authorities were telling me to go away. China has long posted military and police along its border with North Korea.



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China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China Sea

China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China SeaPresident Xi Jinping presided over the Chinese navy’s largest-ever military display on Thursday, state media reported, the country’s latest show of force in the disputed South China Sea. State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha before sailing to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and watching the procession, which involved more than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets, and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines. Xi told the assembled troops that China’s need for a world-leading naval force “has never been more pressing than today” and urged them to devote their unswerving loyalty to the party, before watching through binoculars four J-15 fighter jets take off from the Liaoning, China’s sole operational aircraft carrier.



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After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China Sea

After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China SeaBy Karen Lema ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (Reuters) – In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency. The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the U.S. military called routine training in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, headed for a port call in the Philippines, a defense treaty ally. “We have seen Chinese ships around us,” Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, told a small group of reporters on board the three-decade-old carrier.



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Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presence

Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presenceJapan’s military on Saturday launched its first Marines unit, tasked with defending remote islands in the face of China’s growing maritime presence in the region. The Self-Defence Forces’ amphibious fighting unit staged an exercise with US Marines at Sasebo in western Japan following the inauguration ceremony. The 2,100-member brigade, based in Sasebo, will be responsible for defending remote islands and retaking them if they are invaded.



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China's Xi tells Zimbabwe president they should write "new chapter" in ties

China's Xi tells Zimbabwe president they should write "new chapter" in tiesChinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader’s first state visit to China since he seized power last year. Mnangagwa, who was sworn in as president in November after a de facto military coup ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, has vowed to rebuild his country’s ravaged economy and re-engage with the international community. China had considered Mugabe a “good friend” in a relationship dating back to its support for Zimbabwe’s independence war, but pointedly failed to support him when he was ousted.



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China's defense chief calls his Moscow trip a signal to US

China's defense chief calls his Moscow trip a signal to USMOSCOW (AP) — China's new defense minister says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.



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N. Korea's Kim shows unity with China's Xi in first foreign trip

N. Korea's Kim shows unity with China's Xi in first foreign tripNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given a lavish welcome by Chinese President Xi Jinping during a secretive trip to Beijing as both sides try to repair frayed relations before Pyongyang’s landmark summits with Seoul and Washington. US President Donald Trump welcomed the Beijing meeting and said there was now a “good chance” Kim would scrap his nuclear weapons — but warned that sanctions must stay in force in the meantime. On his first trip abroad since taking power, Kim and his wife were greeted by an honour guard and a banquet hosted by Xi, according to state media, which confirmed the “unofficial” visit on Wednesday only after Kim had returned by train to North Korea.



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China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat club

China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat clubBEIJING (AP) — Recent history offers sobering lessons to China's Communist Party following its decision to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.



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Trump praises China's Xi for lifetime mandate extension

Trump praises China's Xi for lifetime mandate extensionDonald Trump on Saturday appeared to cheer on China’s Xi Jinping for paving the way to a limitless tenure, while delivering a lighthearted address at a Florida fundraising event. “Whether this was a joke or not, talking about being President for life like Xi Jinping is the most unAmerican sentiment expressed by an American President,” said Democrat Ro Khanna, a California congressman. China’s legislature will hold an annual session starting Monday that will grant Xi a second five-year stint as president — and also likely scrap the constitution’s limits on holding the office, clearing the way for him to rule for life.



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