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Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea - officials


WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

EU-China at trade odds again, this time over electronic bikes 20 Oct 2017

BEIJING/BRUSSELS The European Commission launched an investigation on Friday into the import of electronic bikes, or e-bikes, from China, prompting Beijing to warn Europe not to slip into protectionism.


Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing 20 Oct 2017

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State's "emir" in Southeast Asia.


South Korea's Ssangyong Motor reconsiders China JV due to political row 20 Oct 2017

SEOUL South Korea's Ssangyong Motor Co Ltd on Friday said it is reconsidering establishing a joint venture in China due to diplomatic tension between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.

China's Jinchuan eyes new nickel, cobalt project to tap electric vehicle boom 20 Oct 2017

BEIJING Jinchuan Group [JCHRP.UL], China's top nickel producer, will next year start building a new project in Guangxi that will produce raw materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, its chairman said, looking to tap the sector's "explosive" demand.

China summons British official over Hong Kong remarks 20 Oct 2017

BEIJING China has summoned a British official in Beijing and lodged "stern representations" about recent comments from London expressing concern about a British rights activist being denied entry to Hong Kong, it said on Friday.


Alumina shortages to increase as Chinese crackdown bites 19 Oct 2017

LONDON Shortages of alumina, the raw material for producing aluminium, may become more severe in the coming months as an environmental crackdown in China is due to shut capacity, forcing smelters to scramble for supplies and pushing up prices.

Chinese pollution fight puts the squeeze on alumina 19 Oct 2017

China has ordered 28 northern Chinese cities to take stringent steps to curb industrial output this winter.


Saudi needs Aramco billions as recession slows austerity drive 19 Oct 2017

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's plans to sell state assets - including a stake in energy giant Saudi Aramco - are becoming even more important to its finances as a recession slows Riyadh's effort to close a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.


China says foreign firms welcome benefits from internal Communist Party cells 19 Oct 2017

BEIJING Foreign companies in China have welcomed the ruling Communist Party to set up cells in their firms, a senior official said on Thursday, though some executives have expressed concern about the party's growing role in their operations.