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Asian stocks extend recovery as trade worries take back seat

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TOKYO Asian stocks extended gains on Friday after Wall Street's S&P 500 set a new all-time high, while the dollar slipped as investors viewed Beijing's and Washington's fresh exchange of import tariffs as less harmful than initially feared.

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China tightens embrace of Hong Kong with bullet train, other mega projects 1:27am BST

HONG KONG Hong Kong's first bullet train glides out of a sleek harbourfront railway station bound for mainland China on Saturday, launching a new era of integration and raising fears for some for the territory's cherished freedoms.

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Leading Asian cardinal calls for Vatican foreign minister to resign over China dealings 20 Sep 2018

HONG KONG A Hong Kong cardinal who has spearheaded opposition to the Vatican's rapprochement with China called on Thursday for the Pope's secretary of state to step down, saying any deal with Beijing would amount to a betrayal of the Catholic faith.

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Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to join China's Belt and Road corridor 20 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Beijing-funded Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan, Pakistan's information minister said on Thursday.

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Alibaba's Jack Ma says U.S.-China trade war ends 1 million U.S. jobs promise - Xinhua 20 Sep 2018

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to U.S.-China trade tensions, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. | Video

China urges U.S. to show sincerity, correct behaviour in trade actions 20 Sep 2018

BEIJING China hopes the United States will show sincerity and take steps to correct its behaviour, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, after both countries slapped new tariffs on each other's goods this week in an escalating trade war.

China says booming tourism shows all's good in restive Xinjiang 20 Sep 2018

BEIJING Booming tourism in China's far western Xinjiang shows that all is good there, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, amid growing international concern for human rights in the heavily Muslim region.

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European shares add to gains as trade war fears fade into background 20 Sep 2018

LONDON European shares extended their rally on Thursday as investors set aside fears over a U.S.-China trade war and focused instead on bullish macroeconomic and corporate news.

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China paper warns it won't play defence on trade as Trump lauds tariffs 20 Sep 2018

(This Sept 17 story corrects date of senior Chinese diplomat's visit to New York to next week, not this week, paragraph 21.)

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Forecasters unanimous - U.S.-China trade war bad for economy, Reuters poll finds 20 Sep 2018

BENGALURU The U.S. economy will expand at a robust pace in coming quarters but slow to 2 percent by the end of 2019, according to forecasters polled by Reuters who unanimously said the escalating trade war with China was bad economic policy.