It is unclear if North Korea’s more confrontational posture reflects a change in policy or a negotiating tactic.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave a hand to 27 holdouts of a violent rebel group that fought a five-month war last year with government troops.
Popular opposition leader granted royal pardon after his party ousts long-ruling coalition in parliamentary elections.
The president has threatened to levy up to $150 billion in tariffs against China and the deadline for that action is fast approaching.
Humanitarian assistance has been exempted from the North Korea nuclear economic sanctions, but potential donors are now reluctant to contribute.
Additional talks come as President Trump orders relief for one Chinese company that had previously raised concerns from US intelligence community.
However the restrictive and repressive state would still present a challenging environment for foreign investment.
The Communist Party will form an “elite team” and toughen performance standards to keep members honest, state-controlled domestic media say.
Najib ousted, Anwar to be freed, as more than 60 years of one party rule ends.
New survey sees challenge to growth from trade war, high debts.
Several sources say China may have moved missiles to the Spratly Islands, which are contested by five other governments.
Announcement comes hours after president welcomed home 3 Americans released by North Korea.