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UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman (right) in  Beijing  International Airport  before taking   a flight to North Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

The United Nations’ political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is visiting Pyongyang in North Korea this week in a bid to ease growing tensions following(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a missile: The EU, China and Japan, and many regional powers in Asia, have called on him to abandon his nuclear ambitions. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are aimed solely at the US, a senior member of the North’s government said, and other countries should not feel threaten(...)

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 (...)

A BMW dealership in  Shanghai: BMW dealers in China overstocked their showrooms on expectations of rapid expansion. Photograph: Kevin Lee/Bloomberg

Just how valuable is the China market to western car-makers? Germany’s BMW has just agreed to pay out 5.1 billion yuan (€690 million) to its distribu(...)