WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is eager to begin talks on a free trade pact with the United States and key leaders seem willing to step away from the state capitalism Beijing has been pursuing, a senior U.S. executive with access to China’s leadership said on Tuesday.
Maurice Greenberg, chairman of Starr International Company Inc and former AIG chief, met with Premier Wen Jiabao, Wen’s expected successor Li Keqiang and other top official’s during a two-week visit to China.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has suspended planned food aid to North Korea as Pyongyang vows to push ahead with a plan to launch a long-range missile in defiance of international warnings, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday.
Reclusive North Korea has said it is merely sending a weather satellite into space, but South Korea and the United States say it is a disguised ballistic missile test.
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – North Korea has added
sophisticated cyber attack capabilities to its arsenal of
threatening weapons and this year is rife with opportunities for
military provocations from Pyongyang, senior U.S. defense
officials said on Wednesday.
The officials told the House of Representatives Armed
Services Committee that North Korea’s large conventional
military, nuclear weapons programs, ballistic missiles and newer
capabilities in cyber warfare were all threats to the United
States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s military build-up looks likely to continue “unabated” and independent of recent U.S. moves to reposition forces in Asia, the U.S. military commander for the Asia-Pacific region said on Tuesday.
Admiral Robert Willard, head of U.S. Pacific Command, said Washington’s policy of rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region has drawn China’s attention since it was unveiled last year, but did not drive Beijing’s build-up.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From the power centers of Washington to a soybean farm in Iowa and on to sunny Southern California, China’s president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, will sample diverse slices of America during a major visit next week.
But as the man who is set to run China until 2023 takes measure of the United States, he will be sized up not only by Americans but – and perhaps more important for him – by a powerful audience back home in China.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is placing renewed priority on Asia as it winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but has no desire for new bases in the region, the head of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific said on Friday.
Admiral Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said the military’s goal is to have a network of places close to the sea lanes of Southeast Asia where American forces can visit on rotation, avoiding the costly maintenance of bases.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s broad crackdown on dissent that has seen activists get lengthy jail terms and human rights lawyers disappear stems from a mix of arrogance and insecurity in Beijing, the most recently exiled Chinese dissident said on Wednesday.
“Behind the pride and conceit of the Chinese government there’s a great sense of crisis and vulnerability,” said Yu Jie, one of China’s most prominent Christian dissidents, who ran afoul of Beijing for critical writing and for his close ties to writer Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace laureate.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s decision to reorient the U.S. military’s focus to the Asia-Pacific region will not lead to a major naval buildup there, the top U.S. Navy officer said on Tuesday, adding that the United States already has a robust presence in the area.
Obama last week unveiled a new military strategy shifting attention to Asia over the next decade while downsizing the overall force, moves that will accommodate significant cuts in projected U.S. defense spending.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kim Jong-il was reviled by human rights groups for jailing or starving hundreds of thousands of North Koreans and foreign diplomats abhorred his proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear saber-rattling.
But in life and even in death, Kim, who reportedly died on Saturday at 69, was comedy gold to foreign satirists — among the few outsiders who will miss the late North Korean leader and his elevator shoes and bouffant hairstyle.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich suffered a big drop in support in Iowa with Ron Paul taking the lead weeks before a key caucus in the state, according to a Democratic polling firm.
The Public Policy Polling telephone survey of 597 likely Republican caucus voters in Iowa found Paul, a congressman from Texas, leading with 23 percent of the vote, followed by 20 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and 14 percent for Gingrich.