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Dec 19, 2014

U.S. reaches out to China, others, for help on Sony hack

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The United States has sought
help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating
cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North
Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials
said.

The outreach, which included meetings among U.S. and Chinese
officials in both nations’ capitals, is a tacit acknowledgement
that if anyone has influence over Pyongyang it is China, given
its long border, historical ties and quiet trade with the North.

Dec 19, 2014

Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

But the White House was not ready to put the blame on North Korea, despite a U.S. official’s indication on Wednesday that Washington may soon formally announce the involvement of the Pyongyang government.

Dec 18, 2014

Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The U.S.
government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional
response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that
crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the
cancellation of the film “The Interview.”

Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House is not in a
position to confirm that North Korea is responsible for the hack
at Sony, after a U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington
may soon formally announce the involvement of the Pyongyang
government. The effect of any response, such as cyber
retaliation or financial sanctions, could be limited, U.S.
experts said.

Dec 18, 2014

U.S. considers ‘proportionate’ response to Sony hacking attack

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The United States said on
Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea
was a serious national security matter and the Obama
administration was considering a proportional response.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the attack
was an example of “destructive activity with malicious intent
that was initiated by a sophisticated actor.”

Dec 18, 2014

U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global banking system.

U.S. experts say options for the Obama administration could include cyber retaliation and financial sanctions but the effect of any response could be limited given North Korea’s isolation.

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. tells North Korea rights abusers ‘you cannot hide any more’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. human rights official took to a stage with two young North Korean defectors on Wednesday and warned North Korea the United States would step up pressure on the country to end human rights abuses and that perpetrators “cannot hide anymore.”

Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of state for human rights, said he and Robert King, the State Department’s special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, had been given specific instructions by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Dec 9, 2014

China worries may boost Indonesia defense spending to $20 billion/year: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indonesia’s defense spending could grow to $20 billion a year by 2019 to protect its sovereignty, including an area of the South China Sea near China’s claims, an adviser to new Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.

Luhut Panjaitan, a former commander of Indonesia’s special forces, said Jakarta had no plans to use force to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea and would continue to promote dialogue between Beijing and its regional rivals.

Dec 9, 2014

China worries may boost Indonesia defense spending to $20 bln/yr-official

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s defense spending
could grow to $20 billion a year by 2019 to protect its
sovereignty, including an area of the South China Sea near
China’s claims, an adviser to new Indonesian President Joko
Widodo said on Tuesday.

Luhut Panjaitan, a former commander of Indonesia’s special
forces, said Jakarta had no plans to use force to resolve
territorial disputes in the South China Sea and would continue
to promote dialogue between Beijing and its regional rivals.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama will visit India again as ties expand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in January as chief guest, a sign of steadily expanding ties between two countries that share concerns about China’s growing power in Asia.

Obama was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first U.S. president to attend a Republic Day celebration, the White House said on Friday. Diplomats said Obama, who visited India in 2010, would also be the first U.S. president to visit the country twice while in office.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in January as chief guest, a sign of steadily expanding ties between two countries that share concerns about China’s growing power in Asia.

Obama was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first U.S. president to attend a Republic Day celebration, the White House said on Friday. Diplomats said Obama, who visited India in 2010, would also be the first U.S. president to visit the country twice while in office.

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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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