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Asian shares off 1 1/2-yr high, Trump's yuan comment in focus

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TOKYO Asian shares took a breather on Friday, hovering just below 1-1/2-year highs as investors braced for a potentially wobbly session after U.S. President Donald Trump called China "grand champions" of currency manipulation.

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Exclusive - Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack' 12:24am GMT

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. | Video

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China overtakes U.S., France as Germany's most important trading partner 23 Feb 2017

BERLIN China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

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Indonesia to raise prospect of joint patrols with Australia in South China Sea - report 23 Feb 2017

SYDNEY Indonesia President Joko Widodo will discuss the prospect of joint patrols with Australia in the South China Sea when he meets his counterpart Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend.

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Exclusive - Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulation 23 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump declared China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation on Thursday, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analysing Beijing's foreign exchange practices.

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Exclusive - China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles: U.S. officials 23 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. | Video

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North Korea raps old ally China after China's ban on coal 23 Feb 2017

SEOUL North Korea issued a rare reproach of China on Thursday saying its main diplomatic backer was "dancing to the tune" of the United States for halting North Korean coal imports because of its nuclear and missile programmes.

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China's premier urges poultry markets to shut as bird flu fears grow 23 Feb 2017

BEIJING China's Prime Minister urged local authorities to shut down live poultry markets in places affected by the H7N9 bird flu virus which killed 79 people in January, a statement from China's cabinet said.

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China promises not to build in disputed shoal - Philippines 23 Feb 2017

MANILA Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised his Philippine counterpart that China would not build structures on a rocky outcrop both countries claim in the South China Sea, a Philippine government minister said on Thursday.

Vice chairman of state-owned China insurance firm in graft probe 23 Feb 2017

BEIJING The vice chairman of state-owned People's Insurance Group of China is being investigated for alleged discipline violations the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday, employing the usual euphemism for corruption.

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