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South Korea’s president Moon Jae-In: Relations with China have been strained since the deployment of the Thaad system by Seoul. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in travels to Beijing this week for talks with China’s Xi Jinping, with the agenda expected to focus on the North Kor(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a launching drill of medium and long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location, in an undated photograph released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16th.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has described North Korea’s nuclear threat as “real and advanced”, as efforts continued to find a diplomatic solu(...)

A missile described by the North Korean government as the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile being launched at an undisclosed location in North Korea on November 29th. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

With US-South Korean joint military exercises still ongoing, a Chinese newspaper in a province bordering North Korea has caused controversy by publis(...)

A US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet touching down at Gwangju Air Base in  South Korea ahead of a large scale  military  exercise. Photograph: US Air Force via Getty Images

South Korea and the US have begun their biggest ever air force drill, mobilising hundreds of warplanes including two dozen Stealth bombers, just a wee(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump reviewing Chinese honour guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9th. File photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping said removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula was China’s “unswerving goal” after Pyongyang dramatically raised tension(...)

 After a fire broke out on  November 19th  at an apartment in the Daxing district killing 19 people, Beijing’s government launched a campaign to eliminate fire hazards.  Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

As winter temperatures freeze the Chinese capital, the eviction of tens of thousands of migrant workers and the sudden demolition of unapproved housin(...)

March of progress:  Public toilet in Beijing with wifi, an ATM machine and chargers for mobile phones and electric vehicles. Photograph: AFP/Getty

China’s president Xi Jinping wants unswerving efforts to upgrade the nation’s lavatories as part of a “toilet revolution” and called for a major upgra(...)

A father picks up his child from RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi, Beijing: a female teacher (22)   has been detained on suspicion of abusing children at the kindergarten. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Police have detained a 22-year-old teacher suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten, as China was still reeling from a series of accusa(...)

Air China aircraft in Beijing. The airline told Reuters that the decision was made because “business was not good” and did not comment on when the flights would resume.   Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China’s flag carrier Air China has indefinitely suspended flights to Pyongyang, deepening North Korea’s isolation as it faces tougher sanctions from (...)

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