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Daily International News 01.25.10

January 25, 2010

Daily International News
January 25, 2010

01.24 North Korea responds angrily to South’s talk of strike [BBC]

01.24 Mayor-Elect in Okinawan City Opposes U.S. Base [WaPo]
China, S Korea, Japan to hold preliminary meeting on free trade pact

China Tries to Steer Public Opinion on Web Issue
[WSJ] and Accusation of Chinese government’s participation in cyber attack “groundless”: ministry [Xinhua]
China has ‘open mind’ on cause of climate change
01.23 Taiwan’s Grand Hotel welcome for Chinese visitors [BBC]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar says Suu Kyi to be freed in November – witnesses
[Reuters] and Myanmar party plays down Suu Kyi release report [Reuters]

Middle East
‘Chemical Ali’ executed in Iraq

01.24 Afghanistan postpones parliamentary election until fall [CNN]
01.24 McChrystal sees Taliban role [FT]
Afghan, Pakistan leaders in Turkey for security talks

Prime Ministers due in NI for talks on policing talks
Greek finance minister rejects rumors of quitting eurozone
French call for veil ban in public buildings

Sudan sets two-month deadline for deal with rebels
Algerians return from Guantanamo Bay prison
Ethiopian jet crash deaths rise as 34 bodies found

Debate grows in aftermath of quake: Should U.S. let more Haitians immigrate?
Haiti’s PM in Canada for International Meeting on Earthquake Recovery

White House, Top Republican Say Bernanke to Keep Job
Bin Laden endorses bomb attempt on US plane
U.S. seeks charges against former Guatemalan president


US-China Relations Outlook 2010: 什么样的关系?

January 13, 2010

A hearing on recent security developments in the People’s Republic of China provided a somewhat bleak outlook for the near future of US-China relations, echoing the wary sentiments of pundits and academics in recent weeks. Meeting at one of the House Visitors’ Centers’ many committee rooms this morning, the House Armed Services Committee heard testimony from top Department of Defense, State, and PACOM officials on what we can expect this year from the growing strength of China in the global arena.

In unusual agreement with pundits’ (see Robert Cohen’s recent NYT Op-Ed) and academics’ recent warnings concerning China’s military and economic might, Pacific Command Admiral Robert F. Willard, USN, expressed him uneasiness at China’s PLA capabilities. He said that China’s stated goals of peace and stability in the region and world are unmatched by their recent military buildup.

Building on issues of military might, Department of Defense A/S Wallace C. Gregson describes current US-Chinese relations as operating in a “dynamic environment with little historical precedent.” Positives in the relationship, which include China’s support of UN Security Council Resolution 1874  and anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden are matched by negatives such as an overall lack of transparency  and the pace and scope of their military buildup.

Concluding remarks came from Department of State Deputy A/S for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David B. Shear, who seemingly tried to re-prove to the House members how State officials have tried to engage the region in a dynamic and cooperative manner, bring up the numerous POTUS and Secretary trips to the region. However, his recap of the last year of efforts in Asia was darkened by a statement on the recent near-decision by Google to pull out its operations in China in light of an apparent cyberattack perpetrated by China against various Chinese human rights activists who use GMail. He reiterated today’s remarks from Secretary Clinton that State was briefed on the matter by Google previously and that a scheduled press conference on internet security and openness scheduled for next Thursday was scheduled prior to this fact.

The overall tone of all testimonies given seemed to parallel the feelings of many China watchers these days – although China is becoming more accountable to global norms of transparency and responsibility, this is only a natural change due to its increased presence on the global stage. Stated goals and dreams of peace by the PRC seem to be what they’ve always been – lipservice – and the PLA military buildup’s actions speak louder than these words. Wariness seems to be the best posture to be taken by the US at this point – wariness and preparedness. Within the next few weeks, China’s moves on the Google issue and on Iran sanctions could prove as a good litmus test to actions in the rest of 2010.