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Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice

China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities.

China’s Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets

By Ryan MCMORROW/Agence France Presse As Chinese leader Xi Jinping prepares to embark on a second five-year term this week, the impulsive leaders of North Korea and the United States could spoil his party. The stability-obsessed…

Hong Kong radio replaces BBC with Chinese programming

Hong Kong's public radio station has replaced its 24-hour BBC World Service broadcast with Chinese state-run programming, in a move the British broadcaster called "disappointing" as concerns grow over Beijing's influence on the…

US won’t pull back from South China Sea operations

An American general insisted Friday the United States would not pull back from operations in the disputed South China Sea to combat Beijing’s territorial claims despite a series of accidents involving US warships.

China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday, following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally's nuclear programme.