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20 Jun 2019 | 8:48 PM

China's Xi says world hopes North Korea-U.S. talks can succeed

BEIJING (Reuters) - The world hopes North Korea and the United States can talk to each other and for those talks to be successful, Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, praising Pyongyang's efforts towards denuclearisation.

19 Jun 2019 | 5:02 PM

Xi visit raises prospect of 'concrete cooperation' with North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping heads to Pyongyang this week holding out the prospect of fresh measures to support North Korea's floundering, sanctions-bound economy, the first trip in 14 years by a Chinese leader.

18 Jun 2019 | 4:10 PM

Syria says it does not want to fight with Turkey

BEIJING (Reuters) - Syria does not want to see fighting with Turkey, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey said one of its observation posts in Syria's Idlib region was attacked from an area controlled by Syrian government forces.

18 Jun 2019 | 2:19 PM

Don't open 'Pandora's Box' in Middle East, China warns

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government's top diplomat warned on Tuesday that the world should not open a "Pandora's Box" in the Middle East, as he denounced U.S. pressure on Iran and called on it not to drop out of a landmark nuclear deal.

16 Jun 2019 | 1:46 PM

Brusque to bruised: Hong Kong's Lam caves to pressure on extradition bill

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - With an escalating U.S. trade war, a faltering economy and tensions in the South China Sea vexing her bosses in Beijing, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam appeared in no mood to compromise on a planned extradition law at recent meetings, according to foreign envoys and business people who met with her.

14 Jun 2019 | 4:58 PM

China says nobody wants war after tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nobody wants war in the Gulf of Oman, China's foreign ministry said on Friday, calling on all sides to exercise restraint following attacks on oil tankers in those waters, and urging dialogue to resolve differences.

14 Jun 2019 | 3:12 PM

China turns its anger on 'Cold War warrior' Pompeo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has found its villain in its multi-fronted conflict with the United States: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

12 Jun 2019 | 7:06 PM

Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is at stake.

10 Jun 2019 | 3:03 PM

Chinese paper says 'foreign forces' using Hong Kong havoc to hurt China

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Foreign forces" are trying to hurt China by creating chaos in Hong Kong over an extradition bill that has prompted mass protests in the former British colony, an official Chinese newspaper said on Monday.

4 Jun 2019 | 11:53 AM

Hong Kong holds sombre Tiananmen vigil as Beijing goes into lockdown

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tens of thousands joined a sombre candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of Chinese troops opening fire on student-led democracy protesters in and around Tiananmen Square, as authorities in Beijing went into lockdown.