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China’s Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

May 19, 2017 By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting South Korean envoy on Friday that he was willing to put relations with Seoul back on a normal track after ties were soured by the United States placing an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea. Xi told Lee Hae-chan, representing new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, that his visit showed the importance Moon attached to relations with Beijing. “China, too, pays great attention to the bilateral ties,” Xi said in comments in front of…

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China’s Xi says Belt and Road summit reaches consensus, achieves positive outcomes

May 15, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s first ever Belt and Road summit, held in Beijing over the last two days, has reached a broad consensus and achieved positive outcomes, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. Xi’s signature foreign policy, the Belt and Road initiative, will not base cooperation on ideological grounds but will be open and inclusive, the Chinese president told reporters at a closing function. The initiative would work to ensure an open world economy, rebalance globalization and work toward trade liberalization, he said, adding that it would…

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China’s Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

May 15, 2017 By Brenda Goh and Sue-Lin Wong BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged major multilateral institutions to join his new Belt and Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. Addressing other world leaders at a summit on the initiative in Beijing, Xi said it was necessary to coordinate policies with the development goals of institutions including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN, African Union and the European Union. Xi pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his new Silk…

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China’s Xi discusses nuclear issue with new South Korean president

May 11, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula with South Korea’s new liberal President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, state television said, as Moon set about addressing a raft of problems posed by the North’s defiance. Xi told Moon that China has always upheld the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that the nuclear issue should be resolved through talks, which are in everyone’s interests, according to the state television report. China was willing to keep working hard with all parties, including…

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China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control

April 19, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said. Centered around a new, condensed structure of 84 military units, the reshuffle builds on Xi’s years-long efforts to modernize the PLA with greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare. As chair of the Central Military Commission, Xi is also commander-in-chief of China’s armed forces. “This has profound and significant…

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Trump, China’s Xi dine ahead of talks on security, trade

April 7, 2017 By Steve Holland PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down together to dine on pan-seared Dover sole and New York strip steak on Thursday, spending some social time before digging into thorny bilateral security and trade issues. Trump has said he wants to raise concerns about China’s trade practices and urge Xi to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions during his first talks with the Chinese leaders, though no major deals on either issue were…

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For Trump, Mar-a-Lago is place to break the ice with China’s Xi

April 5, 2017 By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has told visitors that his Mar-a-Lago retreat is set up perfectly for foreign visits, but the Chinese side was initially hesitant when word came that Trump would like to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping there, according to administration officials. Even after seeing images of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s back-slapping sessions with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in February, Chinese officials thought the oceanfront, Spanish-style club in Palm Beach, Florida, lacked the symbolic significance of the White House itself….

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China’s Xi pushes advanced technology for military

March 13, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military needs to promote technological innovation as the “key” to its upgrading and modernization, President Xi Jinping told military delegates to the annual meeting of parliament. Xi is overseeing a sweeping modernization of the country’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including stealth jet, anti-satellite missiles and advanced submarines, seeking to project power far from its shores. Science and technology innovation is the “key to military upgrading”, Xi told military delegates, state news agency Xinhua said late on Sunday. “Efforts should be…

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