Chinese exports in March expanded for the first time in nine months. The news gave stock markets across Asia a boost in Wednesday trading, as hopes grew that China's economy could be stabilizing. But analysts urged caution.
Chinese policymakers are beginning to worry about a rallying currency that is putting pressure on the country's exports. Figures for August show slower-than-forecast growth, which has also been hit by weak global demand.
The EU's expanded North Korea sanctions list is aimed at building pressure on Pyongyang to cease its nuclear program. The EU is also lining up fresh sanctions to rein in the rogue nation.
Even after multiple rounds of sanctions, Pyongyang is continuing to provoke the international community with weapons testing. China and the US face bad options, and each other, in creating a united front.
Russia has voted in favor of new sanctions against North Korea in the United Nations Security Council, even though they include new oil sanctions. The Russian resource plays a much greater role than previously thought.
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