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Biden: Super committee may not work

Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two during his diplomatic tour of Asia, told reporters that he didn’t have total confidence that the so-called congressional super committee would be able to make the cuts needed. Biden told reporters that the committee has “a shot of getting a deal that…

Biden praises Japan’s courage after tsunami

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday praised Japan’s courage and resolve as he visited its tsunami-shattered coast, where American forces helped with a large-scale relief effort. Biden, near the end of his Asia tour, is the top-ranking American official to travel to the disaster zone where the March 11…

Biden hails US ties with resource-rich Mongolia

Joe Biden on Monday hailed the United States’ growing ties with Mongolia on a rare visit by an American leader to the Asian nation, which is opening up its vast coal reserves to foreign investors. The US vice president met Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj in a ceremonial ger, or traditional…

Chinese PM states confidence in U.S. economy

China’s prime minister expressed confidence Friday in the US economy as he held talks with visiting Vice President Joe Biden after a historic downgrade of the United States’ top-notch credit rating. China is the largest foreign holder of US debt, and Biden has used his first official visit to China…

Biden seeks to reassure China on U.S. debt

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday said China had “nothing to worry about” concerning the safety of its vast holdings of Treasury debt, while China’s Premier Wen Jiabao gave a ringing endorsement of the resilience of the debt-ridden U.S. economy. The exchange came on the second…

Biden tells China cooperation is key in global economy

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States share a responsibility for boosting global market confidence and the American economy remains fundamentally sound, the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden who is on a trust-building visit. Vice President Xi (pronounced “Shee”), expected to succeed Hu…

Biden heads to China to woo next Chinese leader

Vice President Joe Biden heads to China in hopes of winning favor with the rising power’s next leader, seeking a smoother relationship after Beijing’s sharp criticism of US fiscal policy. Biden will spend five days in China, an unusually long trip that comes at the invitation of Vice President Xi…

Obama goes head-to-head with tea party activist

DECORAH, Iowa — US President Barack Obama went head-to-head with a prominent conservative Tea Party activist, in a microcosm of a political clash that will play out in the 2012 election. Ryan Rhodes, a leader of the group in Iowa, took on Obama during an open-air town hall meeting, which…

U.S. urges Israel, Palestinians not to jeopardize talks

The White House on Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid actions that jeopardize efforts to restart stalled peace talks as both sides feuded over a planned settlement expansion. Spokesman Jay Carney ducked a question on whether Israel’s approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem would make it harder to convince the…

Joe Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to China later this month to help strengthen U.S. ties with Beijing in a trip that will also include stops in Japan and Mongolia, the White House said Thursday. “He will visit China at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping…

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