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U.S. China News 2012.06.06

Wed, June 6, 2012

Russia to Talk Syria Handover With U.S. in Shift From Assad
San Francisco Chronicle
(Updates with Russian, Chinese proposal starting in seventh paragraph.) June 6 (Bloomberg) — As Syria slides toward civil war, Russia is signaling that it no longer views President Bashar al- Assad’s position as tenable and is working with the US to
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India-US defence talks to focus on China, Afghanistan
New York Daily News
By Dan De Luce Wednesday, June 6th 2012, 05:17 AM US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta holds talks Wednesday with his Indian counterpart which are likely to be dominated by NATO’s planned exit from Afghanistan and China’s growing power.
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US warns of Syria action, seeks transition plan
The Associated Press
Russia and China, however, who have blocked such sanctions before, issued a joint statement reiterating their opposition to any imposing of “regime change” in the violence-wracked country, where some 13000 people have died in more than a year of
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China tells U.S. to stop its bad-air warnings
Philadelphia Inquirer
A Chinese official said it was unfair to judge its air by others’ standards. BEIJING – China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter
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Aust must avoid ChinaUS battle: Evans
It’s vital that Australia avoid a zero-sum game developing between China and the US, former foreign minister Gareth Evans says. A breakdown in the relationship between our most important economic partner and our most important security partner would do
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Panetta calls for deep US-India defence ties, more arms trade
The friendship between the world’s two largest democracies is viewed with caution from Beijing, where some in government fear India is part of a US strategy to limit China’s rise on the world stage. India is spending about $100 billion over 10 years on
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China objects to US Embassy posting smog data
Boston Globe
By Keith Bradsher HONG KONG – After years of choking smog that stings the eyes and burns the lungs, regularly documented by an air sensor at the US Embassy in Beijing that posts the results hourly on Twitter, the Chinese government took a strong
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China tells US to stop tweets on Beijing’s bad air
By Andy Wong, AP by USA TODAY by USA TODAY BEIJING (AP) — China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in
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Putin says to push military ties with China
Chicago Tribune
BEIJING (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he will boost military cooperation with China, including holding more joint exercises, after the United States announced plans to shift most of its warships to the Asia-Pacific by
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Conflict in the Air: US Will Keep Reporting on Pollution in China
TIME (blog)
By Austin Ramzy | @austinramzy | June 6, 2012 | + Deng Jia Bj / AP Chinese environmental monitoring workers install a device to detect PM2.5 at a monitoring station in Beijing, Jan. 4, 2012. Since 2008, the US Embassy in Beijing has issued hourly
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Chinese dissident found dead, family suspect foul play
Li’s death comes after the high-profile case of blind activist Chen Guangcheng, whose daring escape from village confinement and subsequent flight to freedom in the United States became a diplomatic flashpoint and raised global awareness of China’s
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Hu Jintao sees role for regional bloc in Afghanistan
But China will remain cautious about Afghanistan, edging rather than rushing towards any bigger presence on concern about getting dragged into its security troubles without the lure of extensive energy resources, said Chinese experts. US officials and
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US China India Investment and Business Forum Announced
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Artisan Business Group has invited a wide array of international investment experts who will come together to share their knowledge with US business professionals in Chicago August 23-24, 2012. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 “US China Investment and
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AdWatch: Conservative group hits Obama on US debt
Images fade in and out of a child’s face, flickering numbers on a digital debt clock, the Chinese flag and a concerned looking middle-aged couple as the narrator says: “Borrowing from China for his spending. Every second. Growing our debt faster than
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Chinese grilling has Stephen Smith on defensive over US ties
The Australian
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith has stood up to a grilling by Chinese generals about Canberra’s decision to allow the US to station 2500 marines in Darwin. Mr Smith said the move – announced in parliament by US President Barack Obama in November – was
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China studies US to revamp police force
Police News
By Matthew Hilburn China is spending more than ever before in an attempt to upgrade its domestic police force, but it may also be seeking to change its approach to law enforcement by looking to the United States for ideas. US law enforcement officials
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Oil rises above $85 after US crude supply drop
Crude has sunk from $106 last month amid signs of weakening economic growth and oil demand in Europe, the US and China. A dismal US jobs report last week has investors worried the world’s biggest economy is faltering just as Europe’s debt crisis
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Can Shale Gas Meet China’s Energy Needs? Call The Frackers
China has ambitious targets to boost natural-gas consumption. It also sits on extensive deposits of shale gas that may be among the world’s largest. Put those two facts together and you might anticipate a repeat of the gas boom seen in the US,
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US ups rhetoric on Syria, sanctions
CBS News
Along with China, Russia has twice blocked UN condemnations and punitive actions against the regime. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called for Iran and Turkey to be involved in international efforts to find a solution to the Syria
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China’s Wen says opposes nuclear weapons in Middle East
Ahmadinejad is in China to attend a security summit hosted by the Russia- and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization. China and Iran have close energy and trade ties, and Beijing has repeatedly resisted US-led demands to impose tougher economic
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China Restricts Once-Public Company Data
Wall Street Journal
Meanwhile, a number of firms that investigate Chinese companies on behalf of investors say a broader police crackdown on consumer information has hindered their ability to gather important data. The new restrictions come at a time of skepticism from US
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China, US put India in a sticky situation
Deccan Chronicle
India is finding itself in a difficult position, caught between the US and China, as the two superpowers race for supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region. US defence secretary Leon Panetta’s meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday
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Leon Panetta in Delhi; Chinese experts say India will not ally with US against
Times of India
BEIJING: Chinese analysts say that US efforts to make India part of its alliance against China will not succeed India pursued independent foreign policy focusing on its national interests. US defence secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to New Delhi is as
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US shouldn’t ignore China’s actions
Lawrence Journal World
By Mike Hoeflich This past Monday marked the 23rd anniversary of the Chinese government’s massacre of hundreds, perhaps, thousands of protesters in Tiananmen Square. Once, again, as in virtually every year since the massacre, the US government has
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China warns on US-Australian ties
The Age
CHINA’S military intelligence establishment has warned Australia about the risks of deepening military ties with the United States while retaining its economic dependency with China. Defence Minister Stephen Smith battled allegations from a deeply
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Central Asia group seeks bigger Afghanistan role
U.S. News & World Report
BEIJING (AP) — Central Asian states meeting in Beijing this week say they want a role in stabilizing Afghanistan after most US combat troops leave at the end of 2014, with China’s economic juggernaut leading the charge. The war-torn nation’s future is
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Annan floats idea to rescue failing Syria peace plan-envoys
The core of the proposal, diplomats said, would be the establishment of a contact group that would bring together Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and key regional players with influence on Syria’s government or the opposition,
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Obama administration: Syria sanctions may be coming
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is warning Syria that UN sanctions may be near, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton heads Wednesday to Turkey to talk strategy with US allies and look for a way to win Russia’s support for a
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Chinese Official Scoffs at the Super-Stealth Ship of US Navy
While the US Navy is pinning its hopes to counter China’s increasing naval power on the futuristic DDG-1000, its future seems doubtful. The super-stealthy warship can sneak up through shallow waters undetected and uses electromagnetic rail guns that
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Asia stocks perk up as US service companies expand
The result provided some relief for markets following a slew of dismal economic data, including a disappointing US jobs report and a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing, that intensified fears of a global economic recession. On Tuesday, the Institute for
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Australian defense minister off-line in China to avoid cyber spying: media
Smith will hold an inaugural defense ministers’ dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie, where the two are expected to discuss China’s concerns about US marines being stationed in northern Australia. The United States has accused “Chinese
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China not interested in monitoring US cities’ air quality
China Daily
By Wu Wencong ( The Chinese government has no interest in monitoring and releasing air-quality readings for US cities, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at the ministry’s regular news conference on Wednesday.
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Putin emphasizes military ties with Chinese VP
U.S. News & World Report
Putin’s visit is his first to China since returning to Russia’s presidency last month and comes ahead of his first visit to the US in a move seen as signaling an eastward pivot in Russian foreign policy. In Beijing, Putin reaffirmed targets of raising
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Google adds warning of ‘state-sponsored attacks’
U.S. News & World Report
A report in November by US intelligence agencies said Chinese and Russian intelligence services and companies with state ties systematically break into American computer systems to steal commercial information. Western security experts say China’s
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Russia, China renew opposition to foreign intervention in Syria
The joint statement comes as leaders in the European Union and United States seek to ratchet up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and bring an end to 15 months of violence. But world powers remain divided on how to tackle the thorny
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JPMorgan cuts IT spending outlook as economy slows
(Reuters) – JPMorgan Securities lowered its IT spending growth outlook for 2012 citing a slowdown in global production trends and spending by China, amid rising macroeconomic uncertainties in Europe and the United States. JPMorgan technology analysts
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U.S. Navy decides to loiter in the Pacific
Business Insider
This doesn’t mean however that the US military won’t be active. In fact, Obama is simply reallocating the military from the Middle East to the Asian Pacific where there is a hive of economic activity and competitor China is showing growing military
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India expresses uneasiness over US plans to counter China in Asia-Pac
Indian Express
India today indicated its unease over the US move to shift bulk of its naval fleet to the Asia-Pacific region to counter China by making it clear that it favours a multilateral security architecture in the area. During a delegation-level meeting with
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Russia and China pull together to counter US Asia drive
President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will cement its military alliance with China, including an increase in joint exercises in the Asia-Pacific. The move follows a US pledge to step up its naval presence in Asia in a bid to extend its influence.
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Cut through red tape to enhance US-India defence cooperation: Panetta
Laying at rest apprehensions that the US will use India in its strategy to contain China, Panetta said: “As the United States and India deepen our defence partnerships with each other, both of us will also seek to strengthen our relations with China.
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Chinese look to US as Beijing seeks to build soft power
BBC News
By Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing At the US embassy in Beijing on any given weekday, hundreds of Chinese people mill around clutching sheaves of papers and wearing excited smiles. They are there to apply for visas to visit America – to work,
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TEXT-S&P rates PF Chang’s China Bistro
(The following statement was released by the rating agency) Overview — Centerbridge Partners is acquiring US restaurant operator PF Chang’s China Bistro in a $1.1 billion leveraged buyout. — Concurrently, PF Chang’s is replacing its existing unrated
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China and US argue over smog tweets
By Phil Muncaster • Get more from this author The Chinese government wants the United States to can a popular Twitter feed set up by its Beijing embassy to monitor air pollution in the crowded capital, after launching an indirect attack claiming such
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India turns down US plans to counter China
Warships from countries, as varied as Iran, France UK, US, China and India, are all deployed in the Arabian Sea. The Eastern sea board of China already has a port in Hangyyi in Myanmar while US has south berthing rights in Chittagong Port,
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Yuan Forwards Advance Most in Two Weeks on U.S. Services Data
The People’s Bank of China should cut interest rates at an appropriate time to boost confidence in the economy, according to a commentary on the front page of the state-run China Securities Journal today. “The US data helped improve market sentiment,”
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