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Christmas in Hong Kong descended into a flurry of tear gas and arrests as police clashed with protesters in neighborhoods around the city, signaling an escalation of tensions after weeks of relative calm.

China’s efforts to wean itself off coal are losing steam, as the world’s biggest carbon emitter is putting economic growth and energy security above its ambitions to be a leader in combating climate change.

Antigovernment demonstrations, rooted in resentment against Beijing’s ruling Communist party, have sparked turmoil in Hong Kong, but Macau has remained stable owing to its economic dependence on China, a smaller population and close ties.

China’s sovereign-wealth fund is bailing out troubled lender Hengfeng Bank, the latest show of government support for the banking sector, which has come under intensifying financial stress as the economy slows.

Amendments to the charters of three Chinese universities that will place absolute adherence to Communist Party rule over academic independence have provoked heated online debate and prompted some prominent academics to raise concerns.

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was commissioned into active service by President Xi Jinping at a military base on the edge of the South China Sea, the latest milestone in the country’s effort to become a world-class naval power.

Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the courage and commitment of Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, underlining Beijing’s support for her handling of monthslong antigovernment protests despite a public rebuke of the establishment in local elections last month.

President Trump has agreed to a limited trade agreement with Beijing that will roll back existing tariff rates on Chinese goods and cancel new levies set to take effect Sunday as part of a deal to boost Chinese purchases of U.S. farm goods and obtain other concessions, according to people familiar with the matter.

Chinese leaders pledged stepped-up efforts to boost slowing growth, as they try to manage a downshift in a maturing economy and fallout from the trade war with the U.S.

U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are laying the groundwork for a delay of a fresh round of tariffs set to kick in Dec. 15, though President Trump hasn’t yet decided and has overridden his advisers on trade several times to add tariffs.

China’s leaders are spurring the country to create a more productive and professional workforce for an economy shifting from export manufacturing toward services and domestic demand.

China’s trade negotiations with the U.S. remain on track, Beijing said, offering official reassurance after tensions flared between the world’s two biggest economies over China human-rights issues.

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