More than 50 million people are on lockdown in China as the government warns the virus is accelerating its spread.
The wide highways and manicured lawns of Naypyidaw, purpose-built by generals under Myanmar's junta, were dotted with red banners bearing Xi's face and greetings in Burmese and Mandarin.
US President Trump signed a trade agreement with China that is expected to boost exports from US farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions in a long-running dispute between the economic powers.
Taiwan to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, which will set the course for the democratic island's ties with its neighbour China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.
Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s chief envoy in talks with Washington over their tariff war, will sign phase one of the trade deal which includes China buying more American farm goods.
US President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that he would sign the deal with "high-level representatives of China" and that he would later travel to Beijing to begin talks on the next phase.
Smaller crowds of protesters in the Mong Kok district set fire to barricades and riot police unleashed 2020's first volleys of tear gas in response.
China, which will host the tournament for the second time after 2004, had been one of four nations to initially bid to host the 24-team competition with South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand also submitting bids before pulling out.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on December 13 that representatives from both countries would sign the Phase 1 trade deal agreement in the first week of January.
Riot police pepper-spray protesters to disperse crowds in the heart of the city's financial district as a largely peaceful rally in support of China's ethnic Muslim Uighurs turns chaotic.
Meanwhile, Beijing slams a new US defence act, which includes measures to strengthen Washington's ties with Taiwan and support for Hong Kong's anti-government protestors, saying it "blatantly interfered" in China's internal affairs.
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.
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