Afghanistan beyond 2014 - after the withdrawal of the US, NATO, and International Security Assistance Force, post-2014 situation in Afghan will be the subject of a most vexing debate - DAWN (2013/02/01)
- presence of US bases in the region will not only be unacceptable to many Afghans; Russia, China, the Central Asian republics, Iran, Pakistan and possibly India too may have reservations; plus that the U.S. is under domestic pressure to pull out
Niall Ferguson: Obama's gotta go -Obama promised "not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth; to build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together; to restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost; and, to transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age" - Newsweek (2012/08/19)
China slams Romney for 'pugnacious' policies - China Daily, the state-run newspaper, called Romney's policies "an outdated manifestation of a Cold War mentality" that "endorses the 'China threat' theory and focuses on containing China's rise" - New York Times (2012/08/29)
'Afghanistan' not among buzzwords at GOP convention - Eastwood: troopers come home tomorrow; Romney: end of 2014 "was the right timetable for us to be completely withdrawn from Afghanistan, other than a small footprint of support forces" - New York Times (2012/08/31)
Biden: Romney ready for war with Syria, Iran - the foreign policy heavyweight Biden cautioned voters that Romney would adopt policies that favor confrontation over cooperation; Romney's campaign dismissed the criticism - Google News (2012/09/02)
Meanwhile, I kinda believe this: "Romney didn't want to run for president, son says" - Romney is a very private person who loves his family deeply, loves his country, but he doesn't love the attention - France 24 (2012/12/23)
- now that probably helps explain why I never see that kind of fire in his eyes when he ran for president
US to expand missile shield in Asia - "the Asia systems are designed against the threat from DPRK, and they are not directed at China," said spokeswoman Victoria Nuland - China.org.cn (2012/08/04)
China's purchase sends soybean price higher - China is buying U.S. soybeans at a rate of about 5 million metric tons per month with an additional 110,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery after September 1, at which pace the U.S. supply could be depleted by February; soybean price soars, yet wheat and corn prices fell - Boston Globe (2012/08/28)
U.S. policy on China sees little progress - four years of diplomatic meetings, personal visits and a state dinner at the White House have not altered China policy substantially toward the United States and its allies, experts say - USA Today (2012/09/06)
Singaporean tells China U.S. is not in decline - in an unusual public airing of strategic problems surrounding China's rise, the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, warned China on Thursday that it should view the United States not as a declining power, but as a nation with the ability to innovate and bounce back - New York Times (2012/09/06)
In China we (don't) trust - what's missing in China today is not a culture of innovation but something more basic: trust - New York Times (2012/09/11)
China urges US city to remove mural on Taiwan, Tibet - a 3-meter-by-30 meter mural portraying Taiwan as a beacon of freedom and depicting Chinese police beating Tibetan demonstrators and Tibetan monks setting themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule - VOA News (2012/09/12)
Taiwan visitors get visa-free U.S. travel, officials say - tourists and business executives from Taiwan will be allowed to travel to the U.S. without a visa for as long as 90 days starting November 1, a major step forward in U.S. long-standing economic partnership with Taiwan - BusinessWeek (2012/10/02)
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