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A North Korean delegation to China appears to have been gently snubbed ahead of a meeting Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to one regional analyst, who say the visitors' treatment is part of Beijing's effort to reign in its troublesome, isolated and poverty stricken neighbor.
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a special visit April 9 to a submarine and destroyer base at Sanya in the southern maritime province of Hainan in what is viewed as a major boost to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy's morale and ambition.
After meeting with Japanese leaders Sunday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled that the U.S. is prepared to engage in talks with North Korea if it moves toward abandoning its nuclear program.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived here Saturday hoping to convince Chinese leaders to take a more a more active role in encouraging North Korea to tone down its recent wave of antagonistic rhetoric and nuclear threats.
SEOUL — Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived here Friday, within range of North Korea's recent nuclear threats on his first trip to Asia as America's top diplomat -- an expedition that analysts say will be defined by efforts to persuade China to influence Pyongyang away from making further provocations.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry will stare down the barrel of North Korea's recent nuclear threats when he arrives here Friday on his first trip to Asia as America's top diplomat — a trip that analysts say will be defined by efforts to persuade China to influence Pyongyang away from making further provocations.
Chinese officials recently have called for an easing of tensions on the nearby Korean Peninsula, but have neither identified the North as an antagonist nor indicated they will pressure Pyongyang, which relies on Chinese fuel and food aid.
Two influential Republicans on Sunday praised President Obama for his administration's response to the recent wave of antagonistic rhetoric and nuclear threats from North Korea.
China's new ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, arrived in Washington this week and takes up the key diplomatic post with a notable past of diplomatic activities, as detailed in leaked classified State Department cables from 2006 and 2010.
A massive landslide engulfed a gold mining area in mountainous Tibet, burying 83 workers believed to have been asleep early Friday morning, Chinese state media said.
On March 14, China completed the transition of its new leader, Xi Jinping, with his assumption of the presidency. His main power comes as the leader of the Communist Party and as chairman of its Central Military Commission.
China and Russia have inked a deal for Beijing to buy 24 advanced Sukhov Su-35 multirole jet fighters and four Lada-class diesel-electric-powered submarines, two of which will be built in China, in the largest arms sale between the two countries in 10 years.
Recently confirmed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met with newly minted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday, the first high-level talks between the two nations since the U.S. election last year and China's recent completion of its once-in-a-decade leadership transition.
China's new leaders struck a populist tone Sunday as they got down to the painstaking work of governing, promising cleaner government, less red tape and more fairness to enlarge a still small middle class and help struggling private businesses.
President Obama called on China's new president, Xi Jinping, on Thursday and discussed the challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity threats.
"The time of one's life is limited, but it is limitless for one to wholeheartedly serve the people," Mr. Xi stated, quoting the famous saying of the deceased model soldier.
They are our 'national backbone,'" Mr. Xi told delegates to the meetings March 6.