US-China-North Korea ; Banks encouraged to load up on local government bonds; Student activists; Diplomatic bullying in Nauru; Foreign academics self-censoring

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The Essential Eight

1. US-China

U.S. Trade Gap Widens Most Since 2015; China Deficit Hits Record - Bloomberg:

The goods-trade gap with China widened to a record $36.8 billion on an unadjusted basis, up from $33.5 billion in the prior month, according to th…

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