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Nov 21, 2014

Last British governor of Hong Kong says confront China on rights; U.S. report cites military intimidation

WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Countries should not be afraid to stand up to China over democratic rights in Hong Kong, the last British governor of the territory said on Thursday.

Chris Patten rejected Chinese charges that Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters were puppets of foreigners as a “slur” on a “wonderfully principled” movement.

Nov 20, 2014

Last British governor of Hong Kong says confront China on rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Countries should not be afraid to stand up to China over democratic rights in Hong Kong, the last British governor of the territory, Chris Patten, told a U.S. government commission on Thursday.

Patten rejected Chinese charges that Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters were puppets of foreigners as a “slur” on a “wonderfully principled” movement.

Nov 19, 2014

Britain’s last governor in Hong Kong to address U.S. China commission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, is to address a U.S. government commission on Thursday on prospects for democracy in the territory, something likely to irritate Beijing which sees protests there as an internal matter.

Patten will address the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a panel of nine senators, nine house members and five senior U.S. administration officials set up in 2000 to monitor human rights in China. He will speak in a satellite link from Britain.

Nov 14, 2014

Pentagon says billions needed for neglected U.S. nuclear force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of dollars are needed in the next five years to ensure the security and effectiveness of the ageing U.S. nuclear deterrent, the Pentagon said on Friday, after reviews found evidence of neglect during years of conventional warfare.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, announcing an overhaul of the system, said Americans had never been endangered.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China’s influence

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. commission urges Obama to meet persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government agency called on President Barack Obama on Thursday to meet with Rohingya Muslims and other minorities when he visits Myanmar this month and to press the government to act to prevent “serious and alarming violence” against them.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom also said the United States should continue to use sanctions against officials and individuals in Myanmar responsible for religious persecution and consider a binding agreement with the government linking the lifting of sanctions to rights reform.

Nov 2, 2014

For Obama and Xi, fight against Islamic State a brief moment to agree

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the United States and China discuss cooperating against Islamic State later this month, the most prominent outcome is likely to be less criticism of each other’s anti-terrorism policies.

Both countries have flagged that President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping will discuss the issue when they meet on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing.

Oct 28, 2014

Kerry says Canadian parliament attack clearly terrorist act

OTTAWA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that an attack on the Canadian parliament and the country’s National War Memorial last week in which a soldier was killed was clearly a terrorist act.

“Clearly, anybody who walks up in a premeditated way with a loaded rifle and attacks someone in uniform then purposely goes to a parliament, is committing, by common sense standards, a terrorist act,” Kerry told a news briefing after talks in Ottawa with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird.

Oct 20, 2014

Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo’s presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East.

In a one-day stop in Jakarta, capital of a country with the world’s largest Muslim population, Kerry plans bilateral meetings with Widodo, the prime ministers of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia’s prime minister and the foreign minister of the Philippines.

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      "David Brunnstrom is Reuters U.S. Asia Policy Correspondent, based in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in 2012, he reported from all over Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia as EU and NATO correspondent based in Brussels. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years in Asia for Reuters, with postings in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Islamabad and Kabul."
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