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China bans Namewee's viral pop song Fragile

BBC News

Fragile mocks Beijing and “little pinks”, a term referring to young nationalists who rush to the defence of the Chinese government.

Pentagon report says China weaponizing man-made islands in South China Sea

FOX News

A new Pentagon reported released Friday said that China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the South China Sea and the country's focus has shifted to developing and weaponinzing the man-made islands. The Defense Department said three of the artificial lands in the Spratly Islands sport 10,000-foot runways and large ports in various stages of construction. China has also excavated deep channels, created and dredged harbors, and constructed communications, logistics and intelligence gathering facilities. The report states that China will enhance its presence in the contested South China Sea with its airfields, ship facilities, surveillance and weapons equipment. And those things don't give the country any new territorial rights.

China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'

FOX News

BEIJING – China has labeled a recent mission by nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bombers over the disputed South China Sea as "provocative." Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said at a monthly briefing Thursday that China would respond with all measures considered necessary to safeguard its rights and interests. Two B-52s flew over the strategic waterway claimed by China earlier this week in what the Pentagon called a routine mission. Asked Wednesday about the flights, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded that, "there's nothing out of the ordinary about it." China has sought to strengthen its claim to the South China Sea by building seven islands on reefs and equipping them with military facilities such as airstrips, radar domes and missile systems.

China and US: face-to-face

Al Jazeera

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, who is on an Asia tour, will have the task of convincing China to "do more" to curb North Korea's weapons programmes, a feat made more difficult by China's displeasure at last week's US anti-missile system deployment in South Korea and President Donald Trump's repeated threats to "fix" the debt of trillions of dollars to the Chinese government. Trump is seeking an additional $54 billion to spend on the US military in the coming year, roughly a 10 percent increase. China has said that it will increase its military spend by 7 percent, the second consecutive year in which its military spending will be under 10 percent. China's upgrading of its forces and projected expansion of its naval fleet have been a cause for concern in the region as Beijing continues to push it's assertive stance in regional disputes. In the past year, there have been several incidents involving the US and China in the South China Sea.

Any Check on North Korea Has to Involve China: U.S. General

U.S. News

On Sunday, Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times, that China has great influence over North Korea and that "China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone."