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  • The city on the North Korean border where Chinese come to peer in

    DANDONG, China -- Close to the mouth of the Yalu River lies the city of Dandong -- a gloomy, nondescript place that lays claim to being the gateway to North Korea.On a boat ride along the river in late October, we spotted a soldier sitting on the gr

    November 18, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) -- Traditional friendship between China and North Korearepresents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over No

    November 18, 2017 01:57 pm JST
  • China's envoy agrees to promote ties with aide of North Korean leader

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Friday with the closest aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to promote better bilateral ties, amid an ongoing pause in Pyongyang's saber-rattling.The agreement was reached

    November 18, 2017 08:14 am JST
  • China likely seeks diplomatic coup with North Korea envoy

    BEIJING/SEOUL -- A Chinese special envoy has gone to Pyongyang during what could prove a window to push for talks between North Korea and the U.S. on de-escalating tensions.Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Liaison Depart

    November 18, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • US urges African nations to press North Korea over nuclear program

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged African leaders on Friday to take further actions to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs, including downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling North Korean l

    November 18, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Trump discussed trade pact with Abe, US ambassador says

    TOKYO -- United States President Donald Trump discussed a possible bilateral free trade agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Tokyo in the beginning of this month, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said on Friday.After the

    November 17, 2017 07:54 pm JST
  • China's special envoy arrives in North Korea amid pause in arms tests

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Friday in Pyongyang, amid an ongoing pause in North Korea's dangerous saber-rattling. The arrival of Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Department,

    November 17, 2017 06:37 pm JST
  • Trump to announce terrorism list decision on North Korea next week: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump will announce his decision next week on whether to put North Korea on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Thursday."I believe the president will be making an announcement

    November 17, 2017 06:25 am JST
  • Trump watching whether Xi toughens on North Korea as promised

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed a major victory for securing a pledge from China to apply more pressure on North Korea, and now he will be watching closely to see if Beijing makes good on its promise.Chinese President X

    November 17, 2017 04:53 am JST
  • Singapore's ban on North Korea trade highlights tougher line

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's recent ban on all commercial trade with North Korea, as the international community seeks to cool leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions. The move is in line with the increasingly tough steps that other Southeast Asian natio

    November 16, 2017 11:44 pm JST
  • Can an 'America first' approach restore US leadership in Asia?

    DANANG, Vietnam U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear -- finally -- that America intends to stay involved in the Asia-Pacific region. What is far less certain is whether bilateral deals that put "America first" will be enough to curb China's

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China resists U.S. calls for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    BEIJING The U.S. strategy to back North Korea into a corner remains incomplete after President Donald Trump met with East Asian leaders through Nov. 9, as China balked at the more forceful approach accepted by Japan and South Korea.Trump appears rea

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump: China agrees North Korea nuclear weapon freeze not enough

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate its arsenal.Trump was restating a long-stan

    November 16, 2017 07:08 am JST
  • China sending envoy to North Korea with message of restraint

    BEIJING/SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, placing further pressure on the rogue state to exercise restraint on its nuclear and missile development and to seek dialogue with the U.S.China's sta

    November 16, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • China evading some North Korea sanctions, US panel warns

    WASHINGTON -- China is not fully abiding by international sanctions against North Korea, a congressional panel said in a report released Wednesday, warning that excessive expectations for Beijing's cooperation could lead to disappointment. The U.S.-

    November 16, 2017 04:07 am JST
  • International pressure on North Korea will be effective: US general

    TOKYO -- The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea affirmed Wednesday that international pressure on North Korea will have an effect and pledged to work closely with Japan to prepare for any outcome.Gen. Vincent Brooks met with Japanese Foreign Mi

    November 16, 2017 03:42 am JST
  • Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi

    BEIJING (Reuters) --A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the government announced on Wednesday, amid continued tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.China

    November 15, 2017 02:01 pm JST
  • UN slams North Korea for human rights abuses

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. member states condemned North Korea for what it sees as its "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in a resolution adopted Tuesday.Speaking ahead of the adoption by the Third Co

    November 15, 2017 08:06 am JST
  • US government shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a technical alert about cyber attacks it said are sponsored by the North Korean government that have targeted the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries since 2016.The ale

    November 15, 2017 06:41 am JST
  • Asia Insight

    Xi Jinping bests Trump in Asia-Pacific diplomacy

    HANOI -- The hospitality U.S. President Donald Trump received on his tour of Asia was so warm that he may have felt more at home than in Washington, where he is constantly sparring with the media. But while Trump was relishing the red-carpet treatme

    November 15, 2017 06:00 am JST