Posts Tagged ‘PLA’

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Daily International News 08.09.11

August 9, 2011

Daily International News
August 9, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Nagasaki remembers A-bomb, US sends representative
[AP]
Japan to lift some nuclear evacuation advisories
[AP]
Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril
[NYT]
LDP demands PM explain mysterious donations to political group
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea says no way to opening up, or reform
[Reuters]
U.S. requests North Korea talks on war remains: report
[Reuters]
NKorea: Tropical storm causes casualties, damage
[AP]
China/Taiwan
Ai Weiwei resumes China criticism in Twitter messages
[BBC]
Defense Ministry says PLA’s operation in south China routine drill
[Xinhua]
China says it was targeted in 500,000 cyberattacks
[AP]
The first aircraft carrier hotel in China
[Xinhua]
China Inflation Quickening to 6.5% Limits Policy Response to Global Crisis
[Bloomberg]
Taiwan opposition says computers hacked by Chinese
[AP]
Taiwanese man sentenced on espionage charges
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia
[WaPo]
Indonesia’s Muhammad Nazaruddin arrested in Colombia
[BBC]
World Bank blocks Cambodia loans amid Boeung Kak row
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
With war crimes heat on, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa goes to China
[Reuters]
Clashes erupt in Indian capital during anti-graft protest
[Reuters]
Obama pledges to press on in Afghan war
[Reuters]

Middle East
Syrian death toll rises as Arab states protest
[Guardian]
Syria calls on Turkey, Gulf countries to reconsider their stands: paper
[Xinhua]
Turkish foreign minister meets Syria’s Assad
[Al Jazeera]
Israel sends drones over Mediterranean gas fields
[AP]
Iraq’s Qaeda asks ex-fighters to return, threatens attacks
[Reuters]
Lebanon reports back to tribunal on Hariri probe
[Reuters]
Gunmen kill soldier in Yemen’s southern city Aden
[Reuters]

Africa
Rebels in captured town plan push towards Tripoli
[Reuters]
NATO dismisses report of Libyan civilian casualties in air strikes
[Xinhua]
Somalia famine: WFP begins 800-ton airlift of food
[AP]
Somalia offers al-Shabab amnesty
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Further riots in London as violence spreads across England
[BBC]
UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis
[AP]
Cargo plane crash kills 11 in Russian far east
[Reuters]

Domestic
Obama plan: Destroy Romney
[POLITICO]
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
[POLITICO]
Bachmann brushes off ‘wild-eyed’ photo
[POLITICO]
Stock markets bounce ahead of Fed meeting
[LAT]
New curfew for Philly teens as mayor blasts flash mobs
[LAT]
Republican control at stake in Wisconsin recall elections
[LAT]

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Daily International News 06.13.11

June 13, 2011

Daily International News
June 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
U.S. Said to Turn Back North Korea Missile Shipment
[NYT]

Kim Jong Il meets senior Chinese official
[Xinhua]
SKorea: NKorea may have miniaturized nuke warhead
[AP] 
More nuclear facilities visible at N.Korean complex
[HanKyoreh]

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
[NYT]
China
China migrant workers clash with police for third night
[BBC] and Protesters burn police vehicles in southern China [AP]

China’s state media say military not a threat
[AP]
China Backtracks on High-Speed Trains
[NYT]
Israeli defense minister meets top Chinese general
[AP]
China hopes to strengthen military co-op with Israel, defense minister
[Xinhua]
China, Kazakhstan upgrade strategic partnership with new deals signed
[Xinhua]
Japan
Japanese city Hiroshima withdraws 2020 Olympics bid
[BBC]
In Nuclear Crisis, Crippling Mistrust
[NYT]
Japan says eight nuclear workers over-exposed to radiation
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burmese hungry for justice
[AP]
Vietnam in live-fire drill amid South China Sea row
[BBC]
Vietnam seeks US support in China dispute
[FT]

Vietnam War: Top secret papers to be published
[BBC]
Candidate in Thailand Follows Path of Kin
[NYT]

Pacific
Australian prime minister refuses Dalai Lama talks
[AP]

Some win some lose in Australia-Malaysia refugee swap deal
[AP]
Australia flights begin to resume after ash disruption
[BBC]
Large earthquakes rock Christchurch
[SMH]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Faces ‘Vicious Circle’ with Pakistan on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
[Bloomberg]
Rare suicide attack in Pakistani capital kills 1
[AP]
India police find Maoist mass grave in Jharkhand
[BBC]
Opposition strike cripples Bangladesh
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Netanyahu says Palestinian U.N. bid could harm peace
[Reuters]
Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town
[Reuters]
Yemen’s opposition in power-transfer talks
[Al Jazeera]

Lebanon announces new government after delay
[Reuters]
Thousands demonstrate in Morocco’s largest city
[AP]
Erdogan wins parliamentary elections, falls short of two-thirds majority
[Deutsche Welle]

Africa
Alleged spy arrested in Egypt is US law student
[AP]

Sudan President Bashir and Salva Kiir seek Abyei peace
[BBC]
U.N. Pulls Staff from Sudanese City
[NYT]
Germany recognises Libya’s rebel leadership
[Reuters]

Libya’s Gadhafi plays chess with Russian visitor
[AP]
Secret DNA test proved death of ‘wanted terrorist’ Abdalla Mohammed Fazul
[The Nation]
Mugabe Pressured to Act on Zimbabwe Elections
[NYT]
Congo diplomat’s wife arrested for ‘smuggling cigarettes’ in Romania
[BBC]

Europe
NATO at the crossroads after Gates speech
[AP]

Berlusconi faces referendum blow
[FT]
Berlusconi says nuclear energy ‘probably’ out
[AP]
Poland agrees to a permanent US Air Force base
[AP]
Government may have hacked IMF
[BBC]
Deaths from E. coli still rising in Germany
[BBC]

Americas
Obama visit to Puerto Rico: It’s all about Florida
[Miami Herald] 
Peruvian President-elect Humala may pardon Fujimori
[BBC]

Domestic
Banks battle over US tax law
[FT]
The New Hampshire debate: A viewer’s guide
[POLITICO]
Newt Gingrich: ‘I will endure the challenges’
[AP]
Gibbs to counter GOP message in New Hampshire
[AP]
Rep. Anthony Weiner finally considering he may have to resign amid sexting scandal, says source
[NY Daily News]
‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘War Horse’ Win Top Tonys
[NYT]

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Daily International News 03.04.11

March 4, 2011

Daily International News
March 4, 2011

Northeast Asia
China Resumes Rapid Increase in Military Spending
[NYT]
Why China Is More Like the Middle East Than We Think
[CFR]
South Korea hit by cyber attacks
[BBC] and S. Korean Web sites suffer DDoS attack [Yonhap]
N. Korea toughens grip on information amid Mideast turmoil: South
[Kyodo]
South Korea says North is blocking return of refugees
[BBC]
Korea-EU FTA deal heads to parliament
[JoongAng]
Maehara admits illegal donation from foreigner in fresh blow to Kan [Kyodo]
Japan rattled by college entrance exam cheat case
[AP]

South/Southeast/Central Asia
East Timor applies to join Asean
[BBC]
U.N. urges review of air strikes after Afghan children killed
[Reuters]
Pentagon Criticized for Lax Oversight of $4.2 Billion Afghan Food Contract
[Bloomberg]
Prayers for patience as Pakistani Christian buried
[AP]
Pakistan: Nowshera mosque bombing ‘kills nine’
[BBC]
India manager ‘killed by workers’
[BBC]

Middle East
Turks protest arrest of 8 journalists
[AP]
Baghdad protesters converge on Liberation Square
[Guardian]
Several hurt as Sunnis, Shi’ites clash in Bahrain
[Reuters]
Yemeni army ‘fires on protesters’
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen rallies grow, Saleh rejects transition plan
[Reuters]

North Africa
Interactive: WSJ Jasmine Revolution Map and NYT Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look
Qaddafi Strikes Rebels in West Libya; Battles Rage in Oil Ports
[Bloomberg]
Fresh protests hit Libyan capital [Al Jazeera]
LSE head quits over Gaddafi scandal
[Guardian]
Qaddafi Said to Accept Venezuelan Offer for Help
[NYT]
Egypt’s new PM in Tahrir Sq vows to meet protesters’ demands
[AP]
Tunisia sets date for parliamentary elections
[CNN]

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ivorian forces kill 7, post-election toll hits 365
[Reuters]
U.N. boosts peacekeepers in Sudan’s Abyei flashpoint
[Reuters]
AP: 53 peacekeepers killed in Somalia offensive
[AP]

Europe
Germany says shooting of U.S. airmen solo act
[Reuters]
Assange lodges appeal against extradition
[Deutsche Welle]
Austria detains ex-Bosnian general on Serb warrant
[AP]
Rate Rise Signaled for Euro Zone
[WSJ]

Americas
Trial of U.S. subcontractor Gross begins in Cuba
[McClatchy]
US: Bolivia, Myanmar, Venezuela poor drug fighters
[AP]

Domestic
Barack Obama reelection starts cash chase
[POLITICO]
Presidential hopefuls Huntsman, Romney share Mormonism and belief in themselves
[WaPo]
Republicans Dismiss Obama Proposal to Cut Another $6.5 Billion in Spending
[Bloomberg]
Republicans drill for an energy strategy
[POLITICO]
GOP Aims to Tame Benefits Programs
[WSJ]
Judge Orders Protesters To Be Removed From Wisconsin Capitol
[HuffPo]

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Daily International News 01.12.11

January 12, 2011

Daily International News
January 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Gates in Tokyo for Talks on North Korea
[NYT]
Gates Demands a Halt of North Korean Tests
[WSJ]
Hot Line Connecting Koreas Returns to Service
[NYT]
Klingner Opinion: North Korea’s Imminent Threat
[WSJ]
Seoul returns offer for talks – but tough talks
[JoongAng]
China’s Hu to call for new talks on North Korea
[AP]
S Korea keen on upgrading defense deals with Israel
[AHN]
Five North Korean defectors ‘shot dead’
[Sify]

China
Robert Gates tours China nuclear warfare headquarters
[BBC]
Nationalistic and Chasing the ‘Chinese Dream’
[NYT]
China Would `Welcome’ U.S. Statement on Holdings During Hu, Obama Summit
[Bloomberg]
Geithner warns Beijing on currency policies
[AP]
Tajikistan agrees to give land to China
[AP]
China bans German pork and eggs in dioxin scare
[BBC]
China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished
[BBC]

Japan
DPJ lawmakers get together amid internal rifts
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam vows change to build modern economy
[BBC]
Floods ground Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
In Kabul, Biden promises U.S. support beyond 2014
[WaPo]
US ‘not the enemy of Islam’ says Biden
[AFP]
Suicide bomber kills two in Afghanistan capital
[Guardian]
Life in jail for two Pakistani Muslim blasphemers
[BBC]
Biden in Pakistan for Talks With Top Officials
[NYT]
Pakistani bomber kills 17 in attack on police
[BBC]
Zardari Ally to Succeed Slain Punjab Gov. Taseer in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Lebanon’s government falls as Hezbollah pulls out
[AP]
Iran Says Time Running Out for Nuclear Deal
[NYT]

Africa
South Sudan’s referendum vote reaches 60%, says SPLM
[BBC]
US could take Sudan off state terror list by July
[AFP]
Ivory Coast’s army opens fire on opposition neighborhoods
[AP]
Government imposes curfew in Tunisia’s capital
[AP]
Tunisian president fires police chief over unrest
[Reuters]
Egypt denies sectarian motive for Copt’s murder
[AFP]
Nigeria: Jos Killings Escalate
[All Africa]

Europe
Tony Blair to appear before Iraq war inquiry on 21 January
[Guardian]
Eric Illsley to quit as MP following expenses conviction
[Guardian]
Kaczynski air crash: Russia blames Polish pilot error
[BBC]
Dutch government enforcing taxes on prostitution
[AP]
Europe Debates Larger Rescue Fund
[WSJ]
European stocks higher after Portugal bond sale
[AFP]
Germany enjoys stellar growth
[FT]

Americas
Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake
[AP]
Hitmen intensify attacks in Mexico’s richest city
[Reuters]
At least 61 dead in rain-hit Brazil towns
[Reuters]

Domestic
Arizona Shooting
Analysis: Sarah Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’ sparks new controversy
[WaPo]
Boehner opposes new gun-control bill
[The Hill]
Obama’s Visit to Arizona Offers Moment to Alter His Image of `Detachment’
[Bloomberg]
Officers stopped Loughner on day of Ariz. shooting
[AP]
Gun sales soar 60 percent in Arizona
[Politico]
Other
Daley Has $7.7 Million of JPMorgan Stock to Divest on Way to White House
[Bloomberg]
Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy
[WaPo]
Oil spill panel calls for tighter federal rules, new fees for drilling
[WaPo]
More slayings in Pr. George’s, and police feel the heat
[WaPo]
How To Switch Your iPhone Service From AT&T To Verizon
[Techland]

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Daily International News 10.21.10

October 21, 2010

Daily International News
October 21, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North wants dialogue with the South
[JoongAng]
Activity detected at North Korea nuclear test site – report
[Reuters]

SKorean gov’t denies North is planning 3rd nuke test
[JoongAng] and Japan Has No Info On North Korean Nuclear Test Plan – Kyodo [WSJ]
Human rights vital for N.Korea ties: US Human Rights Official
[AFP]
South Korea Begins Blocking New North Korean Website
[PC World]
Eruption at Blue House over Xi Jinping’s leaked remarks
[JoongAng]
Korean, U.S. lawmakers ask for changes to FTA
[JoongAng]

China
Blast injures American student in central Beijing [AP]
US official says China’s Hu will visit in January
[AP]

US general: China buildup real but clash avoidable
[AP]
China lashes out at Japan over reported insult
[AP]
China online game allows people to fight officials
[BBC]
Chinese woman forced to abort 8-month-old fetus
[AP]
China’s Economic Growth Cools as Inflation Accelerates
[Bloomberg]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Supreme Court ‘to consider Suu Kyi appeal’
[AFP]

Myanmar unveils new national flag
[AP]
Bomb kills nine on Philippine bus
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Afghan peace council wants Saudi Arabia’s help
[AP]
Security forces step up patrols in Karachi
[Dawn]

Middle East
Settlers start 600 new homes after ban ends: watchdog
[BBC]
US-Saudi arms deal ripples from Iran to Israel
[AP]

WikiLeaks Prompts U.S. Alert to Iraqis
[WSJ]
Official says President Mubarak to seek new term
[AP]

Africa
Rwanda to charge US lawyer with genocide denial
[AP]
Guinea: Presidential Second Round Run-Off Delayed, Says French Foreign Minister
[All Africa]
UN drops award sponsored by Equatorial Guinea’s Obiang
[BBC]

Europe
French Leader Vows to Punish Violent Protesters
[NYT]
Europe Seen Avoiding Keynes’s Cure for Recession
[NYT]
Russia earmarks 900 state firms for public sale
[BBC]
Putin’s chief of staff named new mayor of Moscow
[AP]
EU Court on Human Rights condemns Moscow gay pride bans
[AP]
Russia close to taking seat at WTO economic table
[WaPo]

Belgian woman who altered parachute gets 30 years
[AP]

Americas
Canadian commander sentenced to life for murders
[AP]
Mexican student given police chief role
[BBC]
Cuba dissident Farinas awarded Sakharov Prize by EU
[BBC]
Brazil presidential candidate Serra hit during scuffle
[BBC]
Lula da Silva promises to defend currency from further appreciation
[MercoPress]

Domestic
Efforts to Prosecute Blackwater Are Collapsing
[NYT]
NPR fires Juan Williams over anti-Muslim remarks
[WaPo]
Military wins temporary reprieve for ‘don’t ask’ policy
[WaPo]
Fannie, Freddie bailout could double, regulator says
[WaPo]
Obama Urges Democrats to Rally Behind Candidates on Nov. 2
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Seek Gains on Bailouts, Health Care: Races to Watch
[Bloomberg]
Christine O’Donnell regrets ‘I’m not a witch’ ad
[AP]
Democrats: McCain is violating campaign spending law bearing his name
[WaPo]
Report Says State Senators Manipulated Casino Bidding
[NYT]
Toyota to Recall 1.5 Million Vehicles for Brake Concerns
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 10.12.10

October 12, 2010

Daily International News
October 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
China/Taiwan
US concern for wife of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo
[BBC]
From 10/11 Dalai Lama criticises China over its Nobel opposition [BBC]
China cancels second meeting with Norway minister over Nobel Prize
[Reuters]
Obama loosens sanctions on C-130s to China
[WashTimes]
Asian military ties warm at Hanoi defence meeting
[BBC]
Gates: U.S. has ‘national interest’ in Asian sea disputes
[WaPo]
U.S. sees crisis fears easing over South China Sea
[Reuters]
From 10/11 Why Taiwan finds Washington unreliable [FP]
From 10/11 U.S. Alarmed by Harsh Tone of China’s Military [NYT]

Koreas
North Korea leader’s eldest son ‘opposes dynasty’
[BBC]
NKorean defector Hwang may be buried at National Cemetery
[JoongAng]
N. Korea’s power transfer may dent South’s credit rating: S&P
[Yonhap]
Cabbage shortage in South Korea
[BBC]

Japan
India rejects clause on nuke tests in civilian pact with Japan
[Mainichi]
Inquest panel’s decision to indict Ozawa is test of public’s boosted role in justice system
[Mainichi]

South/Southeast/Central Asia
Cambodia denies Thai assassination plot allegation
[AP]
India Adds Economic Power to UN Bloc Skeptical on Iran Pressure
[Bloomberg]
Pakistan crucial to Afghan peace talks, says Gilani
[Dawn]
Blast inside NATO helicopter kills one in Afghanistan
[Reuters]
From 10/11 Kyrgyzstan votes and surprises the world [WaPo]

Middle East
Lebanon, neighbors brace for Ahmadinejad visit
[LAT]
Iran holds 2 Germans linked to stoning case
[AP]
Iran’s Economy Feels Sting of Sanctions
[WSJ]
Two Yemen bombings strike Aden
[BBC]
Palestinians reject Israeli offer on settlement freeze
[BBC]

Africa
Zimbabwe PM: Don’t recognize our 6 ambassadors
[AP]
Abyei future talks fail, south Sudan says
[Reuters]
Somali troops in bid to rescue minister from pirates
[BBC]
Nigeria police station destroyed in ‘Boko Haram attack’
[BBC]

Europe
Clinton off to Balkans to push EU integration
[WashTimes]
UK court rejects challenge to North Cyprus flight ban
[Reuters]
Petraeus orders probe into failed UK aid worker rescue
[BBC]
Iceland ‘best country for gender equality’
[BBC]
France: Strikes over pension reform begin
[AP]
Hungary dam nearly ready to prevent second toxic spill
[Reuters]
Ukraine train and bus collision kills 40
[BBC]

Americas
Chile awaits start of mine rescue
[BBC]
Hurricane Paula forms, heads to Yucatan Peninsula
[AP]

Domestic
First patient treated in stem cell study
[WaPo]
For Democrats, Even ‘Safe’ Seats Are Shaky
[NYT]
States to Probe Mortgage Mess
[WSJ]
After mortgage meltdown, Barney Frank gets another chance to remake housing finance
[WaPo]
Democrats Aim to Curb GOP Donors
[WSJ]
Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion
[WSJ]
Stocks dip as traders await Fed meeting details
[AP]

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Daily International News 08.19.10

August 19, 2010

Daily International News
August 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
Several dead in China explosion
[Al Jazeera]

China: Mechanical failures to blame for North Korean plane crash
[CNN]
Letter from Europe: Building Up Connections With China
[NYT]
From 08/18 S Korean treasuries sought by China [FT]
From 08/18 U.S. says SE Asia concerned by China assertiveness [Reuters]

Foxconn to hire more workers in China
[BBC]

Koreas/Japan
North Korea Confirms Detention of South Korean Boat
[NYT]

North Korea Twitter account banned in South Korea
[Guardian]
Japan’s Ozawa may challenge PM in party vote – report
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar lays down tough rules for upcoming polls
[AP]

Australia judge orders witness to remove niqab in court
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Clinton to announce new aid to Pakistan Thursday
[FP]

Indian, Pakistani troops clash on Kashmir border
[CNN]
Delhi Games boycott call by Dawn Fraser rejected
[BBC]
Afghanistan Focus Of Obama Summits With EU, NATO
[Defense News]
From 08/18 Taliban prison said found in Afghanistan, 27 freed [Reuters]

Middle East
Hezbollah hands over ex-PM murder ‘evidence’
[BBC] and Lebanese doubt Hariri tribunal will deliver justice [Reuters]

Israel/Palestine
US ‘ready’ to unveil Middle East talks plan
[BBC]

Israeli Settlements Said to Delay Start of Direct Peace Talks
[Bloomberg]
Al Qaeda Plans for Israel War
[Daily Beast]
Report Criticizes Gaza Restrictions
[NYT]

Iran/Iraq
Khamenei: Iran won’t talk with U.S. in current climate
[Reuters]

Germany: 2 men charged over Iran arms embargo
[AP]
Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home
[AP]

Iraq war was illegal, repeats Clegg
[Indie]

Africa
Violence erupts during South Africa strike
[AP]
Lockerbie bomber: 500 youths to celebrate first anniversary of Megrahi’s release
[Telegraph]

Kenya accused of illegal World Cup bomb extraditions
[BBC]
Mandela charity’s ex-chief cuts ties over diamonds
[AP]
Food supplies most at risk in Afghanistan, Africa
[Reuters]

Europe
Continent
From 08/18 A Mission to Modernize Germany’s Armed Forces [NYT]

France begins deporting Roma Gypsies
[BBC]
Rampaging bull injures 40 in Spanish arena
[BBC]

UK
Britain’s David Cameron seeks smaller government, more citizen involvement
[WaPo]
Ditch the queen: UK public’s wild ideas for cuts
[AP]

Russia/Former Soviet States
Moscow on Alert After Pyatigorsk Blast
[Moscow Times]
Moscow to ban vodka sales after 10pm
[Telegraph]
Russia to beef up military presence in former Soviet space
[Telegraph]

All cafes ordered shut in Chechnya during Ramadan
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican mayor found dead 3 days after kidnapping
[AP]
US National Guard troops deployed at Mexico border
[BBC]

Venezuelan Brokerages Banned from Bond Markets
[LAHT]

Domestic
Gov. Paterson: New spot for mosque would be ‘magic moment’ in history
[NYDN]
TIME Poll: Majority Opposes Mosque, Many Distrust Muslims
[TIME]
Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim
[WaPo]
Intel to Acquire McAfee, Moving Into Online Security
[NYT]

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Daily International News 02.22.10

February 22, 2010

Daily International News
February 22, 2010

UPDATE: US SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA POLICY AND US SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SIX PARTY TALKS SUNG KIM WILL DEPART FOR BEIJING, SEOUL, AND TOKYO TOMORROW TO MEET WITH COUNTERPARTS IN THE SIX-PARTY PROCESS. There are no plans for them to meet with North Korean interlocutors at this time.

DPRK
North Korea seeks military talks with rival South
[Reuters]

China/Taiwan
US experts close in on Google hackers
[FT]
Chinese netizens make fun of NYT Google hacking report
[Xinhua]
China PLA officer urges new Internet control agency
[Reuters]

Pentagon paints grim picture of Taiwan air defense [AP]
China throws birthday bash for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe
[Reuters]

Afghanistan
NATO Airstrike Is Said to Have Killed Afghan Civilians
[NYT]
Dutch Courage: Now is a time for Nato to show more commitment to Afghanistan, not less
[Times of London]

Middle East/N. Africa
Former Top Generals Detained in Turkish Coup Inquiry
[NYT]
Iran to Build More Enrichment Plants
[NYT]
Israel drones ‘could target Iran’
[Al-Jazeera]
Ex-UN nuclear chief: Egypt must change
[AP]

Africa
Ugandan rebels kidnap 40 in Centr.Africa
[AFP]

Europe
Gordon Brown’s Allies Reject Bullying Charges
[NYT]
Floods, Mudslides in Madeira Leave 42 Dead
[WSJ]

Americas
Latin nations seek unity in regional summit
[CNN]
Drilling for oil set to start off the Falkland Islands
[BBC]
Venezuela’s ranchers warn against arming peasants
[AP]

Domestic
Toyota heads to Capitol Hill with team of lobbyists, history of political giving
[WaPo]

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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.