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US Spy Satellites Catch Chinese Ships Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea

According to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo, U.S. recon satellites have photographed around 30 illegal transactions involving Chinese vessels selling oil to North Korea on the West Sea in October. The images allegedly showed large Chinese and North Korean ships transacting in oil in a part of the West Sea closer to China than South Korea. The satellite pictures even showed the names of the ships.

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"It's A Nightmare" - Chinese Bureaucrats Are Killing The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The marketing brass at L Brands are probably starting to regret their decision to hold this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show - expected to have the largest audience in the show's history - in Shanghai.

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Gold Coins and Bars Saw Demand Rise 17% to 222T in Q3

- Gold coins and bars saw demand rise 17% to 222t in Q3, driven largely by China
- Chinese investors bought price dips, notching up fourth consecutive quarter of growth
- Jewellery, ETF demand fell while gold coins and bars saw increased demand 
- Central banks bought a robust 111t of gold bullion bars (+25% y-o-y)
- Russia, Turkey & Kazakhstan account for 90% of 111t of central bank demand
- Turkey increased gold purchases and saw broad based physical gold demand
- Gold demand in Q3 at eight-year low as ETF inflows slowed sharply 
- Gold demand saw 9% year-on-year (y-o-y) drop in to 915 tonnes (t)
- Total global gold supply fell 2% in Q3

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Democrats Now Concerned Trump Is Colluding With China

After trying (and so far failing) for a year to prove that President Trump and/or members of his campaign team colluded with Russia to throw the 2016 election, Democrats have now decided to pivot to a slightly tweaked new narrative which suggests the President may actually be colluding with China instead. 

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Trump Blocks Chinese Acquisition Of Chipmaker Lattice Semi Over "Security Risk"

In a move that will likely cause at least a few frowns in Beijing, Bloomberg reports that President Trump blocked a Chinese-backed buyer from acquiring chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor, not only a "personal rebuke that bodes poorly for several other Chinese buyers seeking U.S. security clearance for their acquisitions", but also a symbolic escalation of the "cold" trade war with China, hinting that the Trump administration will no longer allow China to acquire advanced US intellectual property, especially when national security may be on the line.

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