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China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that China should not "be blamed for the current escalation of tension" with North Korea, "nor does China hold the key to resolve the issue," according to an ABC report. But at the G20 Summit, Trump told President Xi: "I appreciate the things that you have done relevant to the very substantial problem that we all face in North Korea," continuing his plea to China for help on the issue.

Why it matters: Following several weeks of pressure from the U.S. on China to take action against North Korea and its nuclear testing, China said that "perceptions of its influence with North Korea are exaggerated." ABC reports that China is also concerned with violence that would result from destabilizing North Korea, the "massive flows of refugees into China," and a possible "united Korea allied with the United States."

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.