Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the Chinese. “In fact, we were told by the …

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China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

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Why China’s craft breweries are tapping into ancient beer recipes

April 26, 2017

(CNN)China is home to one of the oldest civilizations, so it’s only fitting that it’s home to ancient beer as well. The 5,000-year-old brewery is the earliest evidence of barley- and millet-based beer-making in the country. Inspired by the scientists’ findings, two breweries — Jing-A Brewing Co in Beijing and Moonzen Brewery in Hong Kong — set out to give the modern world a taste of an ancient experience by recreating the original beer recipe. …

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Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his “Buy American, Hire American” slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family’s vast business empire: China. On April 6, hours before she and her husband dined with the Chinese President and his family, Ivanka’s company secured provisional approval for three new …

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Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

April 13, 2017

… that dont get that the tweet-paced palaver is show. Sending the Navy to troll North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may feel like fun, but what if Kim decides to attack nearby Seoul with conventional weapons? But its one thing to stiff a subcontractor. Its another to stiff, say, the Chinese. They have methods of getting payment that far exceed that of a floor-tile jobber on a highway in Paramus. Maybe its a coincidence, but Trump has decided to stop calling China a currency manipulator; China, …

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Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as ‘big step’

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump says China has turned a fleet of coal-carrying cargo ships back to North Korea this week, describing it as a “big step” towards cracking down on the rogue state. China banned all imports of coal from North Korea in mid-February, soon after Pyongyang tested a new intermediate-range missile. Almost all coal shipments to the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, since February have been turned back, a source with knowledge of …

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China’s deadly secret: More executions than all other countries put together

April 11, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Every year, the Chinese state carries out several thousand judicial executions — more than the rest of the world combined. For the most part, the names of those executed remain secret, known only to their families. Secret killings While China is by far the most secretive country in the world over the scale of its executions, it is not alone. Secrecy is often a telltale sign of countries determined to continue with capital punishment. Chinese sleep on …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… this majority or the next majority, Democrat or Republican, from instituting it on legislative matters? And at that point, the Senate fully becomes the House. (END VIDEOTAPE) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia: What nation sees more tornadoes than any other country on Earth? Is it China, Russia, Saudi Arabia or the United States? The U.S. is far and away the world leader in tornadoes. They’ve been recorded at some point in every state. (END VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ: But …

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How Trump is squandering his power with China and Egypt

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech. They have to worry about protests, about the response from civil society and the uncensored press. This fear has long given American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign leaders in support of our values. …

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

… and combats his political enemies — including the news media — through bouts of insulting tweets shared with his millions of Twitter followers. “Trump and Mao have a very similar anti-establishment and also anti-intellectual tendency,” said Orville Schell, a leading US scholar on China who has been visiting the country since the Mao era and now heads the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. …

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US takes turn atop UN Security Council

April 4, 2017

… that should would always be “a transparency gal.” The role won’t enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda. While Haley is pressing for a human rights discussion April 18, two other permanent members, Russia and China, are not interested, meaning the idea might have to come to a vote to see if the required nine countries support it. …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the leaders of two nations accused of grave human rights abuses in a spate of high-level talks with foreign counterparts this week. It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights …

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Trump executive orders tackle trade abuses ahead of meeting with Chinese president

March 31, 2017

… undercutting US companies by selling goods at an unfair price. They show the administration’s ongoing efforts to shift toward policies aimed at bolstering US manufacturing and making good on Trump’s campaign rhetoric decrying other countries for taking advantage of the US’s free trade policies. The signing comes a week before Trump is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. China, the largest source of the US’s trade deficit, has repeatedly run afoul of the …

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Li Na Land, reality TV and fashion — what China’s tennis pioneer did next

March 31, 2017

(CNN)She may have hung up her tennis racket more than two years ago, but two-time grand slam champion Li Na is still winning big in business. China’s first major singles champion, Li has been busy since she quit tennis in 2014 following a string of injuries. Follow @cnnsport Now 35, Li has since had two children with her husband and former coach, Jiang Shan. Business interests include movie and book deals, her own clothing line in China with long-time sponsor Nike, appearances in …

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Military bases and submarines: What it’s like to dive in the South China Sea

March 30, 2017

(CNN)The Spratly Islands are a nebula of biological wonder — an archipelago of atolls and reefs that support 600 coral species and 6,000 fish species — including huge schools of batfish, bumphead parrotfish, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and dolphins. But they are also located in one of the most contested stretches of water in the world — the South China Sea — and the island chain is now is home to some 15 military bases. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

… Europe the wrong way and raising questions about its commitment to its Western allies. “Seeing the Chinese, then going to Russia and avoiding NATO in the middle — it’s weird,” said one NATO diplomat, referring to Tillerson’s travel to China this month and the news that he would head to Moscow next. “It showsthat they don’t care about NATO. They are not multilateral.” Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Pill presses for counterfeit drugs seized in record numbers

March 18, 2017

… to be made on these counterfeit pills.” The acting DEA administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, went to China in January to meet with officials about keeping synthetic fentanyl and pill presses from being shipped illegally over to the US. Since then, the Chinese government has banned six variations of synthetic fentanyl, but it continues to make up a large portion of the seizures of synthetic drugs recorded by the DEA. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsGIPHplayer 25k World’s …

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SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …

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Singapore Sling gets a makeover

March 15, 2017

… “Whichever you choose will really bring that ingredient to the fore.” By the end of the year the gin will be available in Raffles hotels in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Beijing and Hainan in China. All remaining Raffles properties will take delivery in 2016. “It’s definitely a long haul product,” says Hirst, nodding at Galsworthy. “I think we have our own copper still?” Galsworthy who confirms that, yes, “Patience” is …

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How South Korea’s political turmoil could upend ties with the US

March 11, 2017

(CNN)The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye will usher in new leadership that could take a vastly different approach to South Korea-US relations. Will the next leader in Seoul agree with the United States on key issues including North Korea and the placement of a US-built missile defense system on South Korean soil? Or will South Korea favor a shift? Will it seek closer relations with China, its largest trading partner? State Department spokesman Mark Toner characterized Park’s …

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