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North Korea's failed missile test on Sunday provides an opportunity for the United States to press for more stringent sanctions and for China to demonstrate its willingness to curb Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
 
Chinese leader Xi Jinping's two-day summit meeting with Donald Trump, overshadowed by the U.S. attack on Syria, gave each president the chance to take the measure of the other and, apparently...
 
The meeting between Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was announced barely a week before it was to be held, suggesting difficult problems ahead. Almost simultaneously, Trump tweeted, "The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one."
 
As expected, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor triumphed in Sunday's election, winning 777 votes from the 1,194-member Election Committee to become Hong Kong's next chief executive. She will be the first woman to lead Hong Kong since its emergence as a free port in the 19th century.
 
In October 1939, when World War II was just beginning, Winston Churchill, in a radio broadcast, described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." Today, the same can be said of North Korea, which continues to defy the world with its nuclear and missile programs, despite biting United Nations sanctions.
 
Beijing is worried that the front-runner in the Hong Kong Chief Executive elections, former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥), may face difficulties in governing if she ends up with more votes but significantly lower popularity than former Financial Secretary John Tsang.
 
At his inauguration on Jan. 20, Donald Trump delivered an inward-looking speech in which he promised to "make America great again," without any reference to its friends and allies overseas.
 
The telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 9 moved the two countries back from the edge of a precipice.
 
These are dark days for Hong Kong. Its freedom index has just been further downgraded by Washington-based Freedom House to 61 points out of 100, continuing the downward spiral of recent years -- a result of increasing interference by Beijing in the territory's domestic affairs despite China's promises of autonomy.
 
In the confusing environment generated by U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he has criticized his allies more than America's opponents, the trip by Defense Secretary James M. Mattis to Seoul and Tokyo was reassuring...
 
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