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China paper tells soldiers to ignore Internet rumors

China’s main military newspaper told soldiers Friday to ignore Internet gossip and close ranks around the government, in the latest sign of official unease ahead of a leadership transition this year. The Liberation Army Daily warned that the 10-yearly handover of power, which begins later this year when President Hu…

Obama to visit DMZ between Koreas on Sunday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will visit the tense border zone between the two Koreas after arriving in Seoul on Sunday for a nuclear security summit, a White House official said Tuesday. Obama will also hold bilateral summits with China’s Hu President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and…

Hawaiian singer surprises Obama summit with ‘Occupy’ song

HONOLULU, Hawaii — A popular Hawaiian recording artist turned a top-security dinner of Pacific Rim leaders hosted by President Barack Obama into a subtle protest with a song in support of the “Occupy” movement. Makana, who goes by one name, was enlisted to play a luau, or Hawaiian feast, Saturday…

Obama announces deal on outlines of pan-Pacific trade agreement

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the broad outlines of a deal had been reached on the TranspAcific Partnership trade initiative and he predicted success for the agreement. “I am confident we can get this done,” Obama said as the annual leaders’ meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic…

Clinton presses China on Tibet

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced alarm over Beijing’s treatment of Tibetans and a blind rights activist as tensions between the superpowers threatened to intrude on Pacific Rim talks. In Honolulu for an Asia-Pacific summit, Clinton said Thursday that the United States welcomed a “thriving China” but wanted to…

China “black jails” prompt fears of wider security crackdown

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s campaign to stifle dissenters like artist Ai Weiwei through secret detentions could come cloaked in a thicker veneer of legality if proposed crime law changes go through, a prominent rights advocacy group said on Thursday. China has clamped down hard on dozens of prominent critics…

China may send first woman into space

China may send its first woman into space next year as part of a programme to build a space station by 2020, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The announcement came as China said it would launch an unmanned space craft, the Shenzhou VIII, early Tuesday to carry out the country’s first ever space docking…

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…

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…

World’s major emerging powers meet in China

SANYA, China — Leaders of the world’s major emerging powers are set to meet Thursday in China at a summit expected to tackle the conflict in Libya and reform of the international financial system. The summit of the five-member BRICS bloc — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —…

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