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China's President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2019. Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images

China's President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spoke of "hostile forces" as they vowed to strengthen ties on Sunday ahead of the 60th anniversary of the countries' treaty of friendship, per KCNA.

Why it matters: The report by the state-run North Korean news agency is meant as a message to the U.S. amid stalled nuclear talks and escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, as well as Washington and Beijing, analysts said, according to AFP.

What they're saying: The two countries' governments "are now staunchly advancing toward a bright future by smashing the high-handedness and desperate maneuvers of the hostile forces on the strength of militant friendship and blood ties even under the complicated international situation," Kim said in a statement.

  • "Despite the increasingly rampant anti-socialist attempts by the imperialists and the rapidly changing relations between or among countries in the wake of the Cold War, the deep-rooted" relations between China and North Korea were "strengthening," he added.

The big picture: The Biden administration last month extended for another year an executive order that's been in place for more than a decade, which declares a national emergency over the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Go deeper: Biden's Korean War diplomacy

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China's coal convulsion threatens climate goals

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

China's energy crisis is a wild card in the fraught efforts to secure a meaningful deal at the UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Driving the news: Power shortages and the push for more coal supplies are in tension with calls for Chinese officials to accelerate their climate efforts.

Oct 12, 2021 - World

Interview: Jacob Helberg on U.S. tech companies and China

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo courtesy the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Whether it's Google's Project Dragonfly, Zoom's termination of U.S.-based Tiananmen memorials, or LinkedIn's growing censorship, former Google global news policy lead Jacob Helberg thinks there is a fatal flaw underlying attempts by U.S. companies to make it in China's market.

Key takeaway: “I don’t believe in one company, two systems, I don’t believe it's tenable," Helberg told Axios, riffing on Beijing's formulation of "one country, two systems" as a now-defunct model for integrating a liberal Hong Kong into an authoritarian China.

27 mins ago - Technology

Facebook is a news media magnet

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Data: Signal AI; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

New data finds that Facebook has been mentioned in more online stories in the U.S. in the past year than all of its major tech competitors combined.

Why it matters: Press scrutiny of Facebook has become so intense and negative that the tech giant is reportedly planning to rename itself as soon as next week to signal that it's more than just a social media company.