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U.S. Wants Brahimi to Help Unify Syrian Opposition

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:06 pm (UTC+0)
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Envoy Appears in No Rush to Put Forward Plan to End Violence In their first meeting since Lakhdar Brahimi became the U.N. Special Representative to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked him to help unify opponents of embattled president Bashar al-Assad. “The Secretary was very much encouraging Special Representative Brahimi to himself be […]

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Clinton Lauds Singapore’s ASEAN Leadership in Conflict Resolution

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 9:28 pm (UTC+0)

Comfortable with Indonesian mediation over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea, the United States is working to broaden Singapore’s role in resolving the dispute. On his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa stopped in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss […]

U.S. Sees Ongoing Tensions Over South China Sea

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 6:18 pm (UTC+0)

Increased maritime Incidents Cited Rival claims to the South China Sea by China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines “are going to go through a period of higher tensions, no matter what,” according to senior State Department official traveling in Asia with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The countries of ASEAN (the Association […]

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China Says No Questioning Its Sovereignty Over South China Sea

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC+0)

Clinton Says U.S. Will Stand Up For Strategic Interests Hillary Clinton visited Beijing this week at the height of Communist Party maneuvering over the formation of a new Chinese government.  Given that timing, she found no room for compromise over competing territorial claims by China and its neighbors over the South China Sea. “China has […]

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U.S. And China Soften the Rhetoric

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 5:47 pm (UTC+0)

Clinton Due in Beijing Ahead of Asia-Pacific Summit China and the United States are dialing down their rhetorical broadsides over greater U.S. military and economic influence in Asia ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing Tuesday.   Washington and Beijing have variously accused each other of trying to manipulate the outcome of […]

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Scott Stearns

Scott Stearns

Scott Stearns is VOA’s State Department correspondent. He has worked as VOA’s Dakar Bureau Chief, White House correspondent, and Nairobi Bureau Chief since beginning his career as a freelance reporter in the Liberian civil war. He has written for the BBC, UPI, the Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, and The Economist. Scott has a Bachelors and Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.



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