China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

A day after North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister said Pyongyang would test missiles weekly and use nuclear weapons if threatened, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing was "gravely concerned" about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile activities.

In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent US statements on the North Korean issue.

China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment'

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said if war occurred there could be no winner.

Mr Wang's comments come as the US voices increasing concern at North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and deploys a Navy carrier group off the Korean peninsula.

China, North Korea's only backer, fears conflict could cause the regime to collapse and problems on its border.

Mr Wang said: "One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment.

“I think that all relevant parties should be highly vigilant with regards to this situation."

China fears N Korea-US conflict 'any moment'

Tensions are rising amid reports Pyongyang may be preparing another nuclear or missile test.

Its Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said the US and its President Donald Trump are making trouble in the region by moving an aircraft carrier strike group into Korean waters and participating in joint military exercises with South Korea.

He also said the country will continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit.

Tonga signs agreement with China to build Tonga High School Sports Complex

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC and Foreign Affairs Hon Siaosi Sovaleni expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government for funding the significant project for the upcoming Pacific Games.

Hon Sovaleni said that the project is a very important one towards the Pacific Games 2019 and thanked the delegation and senior officials for their efforts in the last month in progressing this agreement.

Beijing bans property ads promising high returns and good feng shui

The sites had until Wednesday to remove ads promising high returns and even good feng shui, state media said.

Beijing's surging home prices have made it unaffordable for many, and led to high debt levels.

Authorities have issued new restrictions this year, calling the property market an economic risk.

Forum China visit a success - trade commissioner

That's the view of the Forum's trade commissioner to China, David Morris, who was on a Forum trip to China last month.

The Forum delegation was led by secretary general Dame Meg Taylor, who said they wanted to develop a deeper and more dynamic relationship.

Mr Morris said they met with key officials, particularly in Guangzhou which had links with the Pacific going back more than 100 years.

He said better links with China were fundamentally important for the Pacific.

Tonga poised for more squash exports to China

This comes after an arrangement last year when 23 tonnes of squash was shipped to China for the first time.

The CEO of Agriculture Viliami Manu told Radio Tonga that documentation outlines procedures for farmers such as the amount of fertilizers used, the process of packing and eventual export to China.

Dr Manu said Chinese officials wanted to ensure that the pack house was well-equipped and safe from insects.

The planting of squash for export to China is expected to start next month and Tonga hopes to be able to send about one-thousand tonnes of squash this year.

Philippines' Duterte sends troops to unoccupied islands

"The unoccupied, which are ours, let's live on it," Mr Duterte told reporters during a visit to a military base in Palawan.

The move is expected to anger China, which claims several contested shoals, islets and reefs in the territory.

China has been constructing artificial islands in the area for years.

While the Philippines occupies nine features in the South China Sea, including a World War Two-era transport ship, Beijing claims almost all of the territory. It is unlikely to welcome an increased military presence from the Philippines.

Kiribati-flagged ship sinks in China, 12 missing

The general cargo ship Xiang Zhou sank at the Yangtze River estuary off Nantong after a collision.

The Maritime Herald website says the nearby ships saw the accident and succeeded to rescue two seamen.

The accident was reported to local authorities and a large scale-search and rescue operations wa launched for the missing sailors, who are feared to have been trapped.

The ship was on a voyage from South Korea.


Photo: Vessel Kiribati-flagged cargo ship Xiang Zhou 

'Serious' hack attacks from China targeting UK firms

The gang behind the attacks has compromised technology service firms and plans to use them as a proxy for attacks, security firms have said.

The group, dubbed APT10, is using custom-made malware and spear phishing to gain access to target companies.

The National Cyber Security Centre and cyber units at PwC and BAE Systems collaborated to identify the group.

"Operating alone, none of us would have joined the dots to uncover this new campaign of indirect attacks," said Richard Horne, cyber security partner at PwC.


Known victims