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US dismisses China proposal on N Korea military halt

The US state department said it was not "a viable deal" while the UN ambassador said North Korea was not "rational".

China's suggestion came after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles,breaking international sanctions.

Meanwhile the US has begun deploying a missile defence shield in South Korea.

It is also conducting its annual large-scale drills with the South Korean military, which routinely infuriate North Korea.

Is China retaliating against Lotte missile deal?

The fifth biggest firm in South Korea gets an estimated 30% of its sales from China, and employs about 20,000 people there.

But in the past week, several of its businesses have faced a backlash from hackers, customers and Chinese partners.

On Monday, Lotte said that more than 10 of its department stores across the country had been closed down suddenly. So what's going on?

 

Background: Missiles and a golf course

Tongan grown squash receive positive feedback from Chinese importer

The first consignment of Tongan squash that was shipped to China in December last year has been successfully cleared by authorities in Beijing.

The consignment has been received with positive feedback from the importer in China, Tianjin Foreign Trade Safe Co. Ltd.

In January, the head of Tonga Quarantine, Dr. Viliami Kami, squash grower and exporter Minoru Nishi Jr. of Nishi Trading, Tongan squash broker Danny Bearsley of Bearsley Exports - New Zealand and Tupou Vaipulu of the Tonga Embassy Office in China were in Beijing to witness the delivery of the first consignment.

China Clears Consignment of Squash from Tonga

The consignment was received with positive feedback from the importer – Tianjin foreign Trade Safe.

CEO of Agriculture Dr. Viliami Manu said the 24 ton squash export was a success.

The initiative brings new hope for the future of squash in Tonga a commodity that has received substantial support from PHAMA program.

There’s also hope that this will revive squash exports which once peaked at more than 20,000 tonnes in 2003.

Over the years, squash exports suffered a major decline with less than 2 thousand tonnes of annual exports being recorded in recent years.

China bans all coal imports from North Korea amid growing tensions

China's Ministry of Commerce, in a public notice jointly issued with the country's customs agency Saturday, said the decision was made to comply with a UN Security Council resolution that China helped draft and pass last November.

Resolution 2321 imposed some of the toughest sanctions yet against the North Korean regime, after it disregarded an earlier UN ban to test what it said was a nuclear warhead in September 2016.

China grants Trump a trademark he's been seeking for a decade

Trump fought unsuccessfully in Chinese courts for years to try to gain control of the trademark, but his fortunes changed suddenly last year during the latter stages of his campaign for the White House.

China's trademark review board announced in September it had invalidated a rival claim for the Trump trademark, clearing the way for Trump to move in. In November, soon after the election, it awarded the trademark to the Trump Organization. The trademark was officially registered this week after a three-month notice period for objections expired.

Dozens die of bird flu in China amid fears of new health crisis

January's fatalities were up to four times higher than the same month in past years, and brought the total H7N9 death toll to 100 people since October, data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission showed late on Tuesday.

Authorities have repeatedly warned the public to stay alert for the virus, and cautioned against panic in the world's second-largest economy.

But the latest bird flu data has sparked concerns of a repeat of previous health crises, like the 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
 

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back.

Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing.

Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading "Welcome home, soldier, it's been a rough journey".

Chinese hospital infects five with HIV by reusing equipment

Officials said that a technician reused a tube used to treat an individual with HIV on other patients.

Provincial authorities described it as a "severe violation of procedure".

Five people had been sacked at Hangzhou's Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine, they said.

Provincial health officials said they were informed of the situation on 26 January.

Why this choir is a huge hit with China's stressed out millennials

Do you have a boyfriend? How much money do you make? When will you get married and have children? Why don't you move home and work for Big Uncle? And why, why, why are you so fat?

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