Despite involvement in a number of conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and accusations of interference in the US, Moscow enjoys increasingly positive perceptions.
Beijing hopes it can reach a trade agreement with the United States that satisfies both sides, Assistant Commerce Minister Ren Hongbin told reporters on Monday.
The tourism industry in Hong Kong has been battered by nearly six months of protests that have become increasingly violent, with visitor arrivals falling by half.
Pakistan's biggest case against the traffickers has fallen apart. Of the 52 Chinese nationals charged, a court in Punjab acquitted 31 while another 21 Chinese defendants left the country after they were granted bail.
Hundreds of Hong Kong elders have taken to the streets on Saturday to back students for a unity rally as anti-Beijing activists vowed to battle what they say is police brutality and unlawful arrests.
Shares drop as US President Trump's decision to sign a bill supporting Hong Kong's rights casts doubts over US-China trade deal.
US Congress passed a second bill –– which President Trump also signed –– banning the export to the Hong Kong police of crowd-control munitions, such as teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.
Hours before the police operation, a masked protester came out from hiding and told reporters there were fewer than 20 others holed up inside.
Protests against the government switched from violent to peaceful as the city prepared for local elections. Protesters are now weighing their next move as city leader Carrie Lam refuses to compromise.
Canberra has been trying to neutralise China’s influence by banning foreign political donations and all covert foreign interference in domestic politics.
Candidates looking to loosen China's grip on the semi-autonomous territory grabbed 388 out of 452 seats in 18 district councils, leaving only 59 for the establishment and five for independent candidates.
US President Trump, speaking on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," says he had saved the restive autonomous city from being destroyed by persuading Chinese president against troop deployment there.
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