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Japanese Lawmaker in China for Talks on Island Dispute

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese ruling party envoy is in China for talks aimed at reducing tensions over a bitter territorial dispute. Natsuo Yamaguchi arrived Tuesday in Beijing, where he is delivering a letter from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yamaguchi hopes to meet with new Chinese leader Xi Jinping and other senior leaders during his four-day visit. […]

Japan Increases Surveillance of East China Sea Islands

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has increased surveillance around disputed East China Sea islands, after Chinese ships made a rare prolonged visit to the waters around them. Tokyo controls the islands and refers to them as Senkaku, while Beijing considers them to be Chinese territory and calls them Diaoyu. Japan said four Chinese surveillance ships entered the waters around […]

Japan Summons Chinese Ambassador over Island Dispute

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest the presence of government ships near contested islands, as a simmering territorial dispute continues to hamper relations between the two Asian powers. Tokyo’s foreign ministry lodged a “strong protest” against China on Tuesday during a meeting between senior diplomatic officials, and demanded that Beijing stop sending vessels […]

Clinton: US Wants to Promote Economic Interests

Posted November 17th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says now that the war in Iraq is over for the U.S. military and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, America is seeking to promote its economic interests around the world. The country’s top diplomat, speaking Saturday in Singapore, sought to dispel concern over a looming so-called “fiscal […]

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New US Envoy to Afghanistan Confirmed

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed James Cunningham as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. Cunningham, who currently serves as deputy ambassador at the embassy in Kabul, had previously served as ambassador to Israel. He also held high-level diplomatic posts in Hong Kong and the United Nations. Cunningham is replacing Ryan Crocker as ambassador to Afghanistan. […]

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New US Envoy to Afghanistan Confirmed

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed James Cunningham as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. Cunningham, who currently serves as deputy ambassador at the embassy in Kabul, had previously served at the U.S. ambassador in Israel. He also held high-level diplomatic posts in Hong Kong and the United Nations. Cunningham is replacing Ryan Crocker as ambassador […]

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Clinton: US Will Remain Asian Power

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. strategic outreach to the Asia Pacific region will be a top priority as Washington transitions away from a decade of military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clinton told a gathering of U.S. diplomats in Washington on Tuesday the future of Asia will continue to be vital to […]

New Zealand FM Urges Continued Reforms in Burma

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s foreign minister is urging Burma to continue making democratic reforms, as he finishes a two-day tour of the formerly reclusive southeast Asian nation. Murray McCully, the latest foreign diplomat to make a landmark visit to Burma, said Wednesday that the country should continue seeking “practical gains from the transitions that are taking place.” […]

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South Korean Lawmakers Tour Joint North Korean Industrial Complex

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A delegation of South Korean lawmakers crossed the heavily-armed border with North Korea on Friday for a rare high-level visit to a jointly-run factory complex. The parliamentary delegation is scheduled to meet with South Korean company officials in the complex. The delegation does not plan to meet with North Korean officials during the one-day tour. […]

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Chinese Vice President to Visit White House

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama will meet next month with China’s Vice President Xi Jinping, who is widely expected to be his country’s next leader. A White House statement Monday said Mr. Obama will meet the Chinese vice president at the White House February 14. It said Mr. Xi also will meet […]

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