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U.S. says progress with China on North Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

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UNITED NATIONS The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but Russia's engagement will be the "true test," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you 25 Jul 2017

BEIJING China has opened its southernmost cinema on a dispute island in the South China Sea, state media said, part of on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty.

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China says reforms have made military more nimble 25 Jul 2017

BEIJING China's military is more nimble and technologically proficient following reforms to make it more compact and responsive, rather than just relying on strength of numbers, state media on Tuesday cited President Xi Jinping as saying.

China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea 25 Jul 2017

BEIJING China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

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China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea 25 Jul 2017

MANILA China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane - U.S. officials 25 Jul 2017

WASHINGTON Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday.

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After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it's prepared to defend itself 25 Jul 2017

TAIPEI Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island's defence ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.

China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest 25 Jul 2017

BEIJING Police in the Chinese capital have warned against illegal gatherings after they shut down part of a major road when demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

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China's debt spectre could haunt Fed's policy meetings 25 Jul 2017

HONG KONG In September 2015, the U.S. Federal Reserve cited risks from China as a key reason for delaying its first interest rate hike in a decade. A wall of Chinese debt maturing in the next few years could jolt the country back into the U.S. central bank's policy deliberations.

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Chinese shipbuilders tap rising cruise demand, rattle European rivals 25 Jul 2017

SHANGHAI European shipbuilders' dominance in the $117 billion passenger ship industry may come under threat as Chinese rivals move into the sector to tap booming local demand for cruise holidays.