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  • Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data

    11/11/2014 6:47:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WP ^ | November 10 | Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing
    Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data By Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing November 10 BEIJING – China has made a gargantuan effort to clear Beijing’s smoggy air for an important regional summit this week, closing hundreds of factories and forcing cars off the road, but its efforts have only been partially successful. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Embassy air quality monitor reported a reading of 157, a measurement classified as “unhealthy”. Red-faced, the Chinese government has come up with an innovative solution – block the data from being displayed on local smart phone apps...
  • Gum-chewing, limo-eschewing Obama riles some Chinese

    11/10/2014 3:06:14 PM PST · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    USA Today | November 10, 2014 | Calum MacLeod
    Gannett publication, title and link only. Gum-chewing, limo-eschewing Obama riles some Chinese
  • Obama Dons Purple Silk Robe in China

    11/10/2014 11:04:33 AM PST · by Textide · 96 replies
    President Obama put on a purple silk robe, matching the one worn by the Chinese president, to watch a fireworks display for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation he's attending in China. "It's a tradition that each year the APEC host provides shirt or jacket for the other leaders as sign of cooperation," says CBS's Mark Knoller.
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • Obama Cancels Asia Trip Citing Government Shutdown

    10/03/2013 8:33:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 35 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Thursday, October 3, 2013 | Lesley Clark
    President Obama has cancelled a planned trip to Asia, citing the government shutdown. Obama had been scheduled to leave Washington late Saturday for summits in Indonesia and Brunei, but instead called leaders in those countries to express regret, the White House said. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama made the decision "based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government." Obama told the leaders that Secretary of State John Kerry will lead...
  • Regional Scheme for the Pacific Rim

    08/24/2013 8:17:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.23.2013 | William F. Jasper
    With little fanfare or public notice, the Obama administration has pushed full speed ahead over the past year with negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a so-called free trade agreement loaded with potential for enormous political and economic harm for Americans. The TPP, which currently involves 12 nations — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (Japan is negotiating for membership and is likely to join soon) — is really intended as an interim arrangement, on the road to an expanded Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) that would...
  • Canada, Mexico eye joining US-led Pacific pact

    11/12/2011 8:27:19 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Gulf Today (UAE) ^ | November 13, 2011
    HONOLULU: Canada, Mexico and at least two other countries have expressed interest in joining US-led talks for a pan-Pacific trade pact, a US Republican lawmaker said on Friday after Japan asked to take part. “There’s a good deal of momentum for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership),” Representative Kevin Brady said after meetings with members of President Barack Obama’s administration at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. That momentum was evidenced by Japan’s announcement earlier on Friday that it was interested in joining the talks “and what seem to be very solid inquiries from Canada, Mexico and a few others,” Brady...
  • Live Thread: Obama Press Conference APEC Summit 9:45 P.M. EST, 4:45 P.M. HST 11/13/11

    11/13/2011 4:54:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 69 replies
    Sunday, November 13, 2011 | Kristinn
    Yes, Dear Leader has scheduled a press conference for 9:45 p.m. EST during Patriots-Jets Sunday Night Football game. I doubt NBC will break in for it, but the cable networks will surely cover the APEC summit presser. That's the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit being held in Honolulu this weekend.There's plenty of mischief afoot as this Reuters article attests:U.S. expects "significant" APEC step on green trade The United States expects Asia Pacific leaders on Sunday to take a "significant step" toward reducing tariffs and other barriers that block trade in environmentally-friendly good and services, a senior administration official said on Sunday....
  • Fed agent from mainland arrested for killing man in Waikiki

    11/05/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT · by red flanker · 55 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | November 5, 2011 | Star Advertiser
    A  U.S. State Department law enforcement agent from the mainland was arrested for fatally shooting a man in his 20s early this morning on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, sources said. Honolulu police identified the alleged shooter as Christopher W. Deedy, 27, and sources who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that he is a federal agent who was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A State Department spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said only, "We are aware of the incident and we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation." She would not confirm whether he was here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference...
  • Obama to shift spotlight to Asia at Hawaii summit (there he goes again)

    11/06/2011 12:10:42 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo News ^ | 11-1-11 | Caren Bohan and Paul Ecker
    *snip* The capstone comes on Nov. 12-13 when Obama hosts leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies at a summit in his native Hawaii and urges an expansion of trade with the fast-growing region. Obama hopes to assure leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering in Honolulu that the focus on Asia has not been sidetracked by other diplomatic priorities.
  • Vladivostok Teeming with N.Korean Laborers

    08/19/2011 5:09:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/18/11
    Vladivostok Teeming with N.Korean Laborers In the scorching afternoon heat last Thursday, two Asian laborers sat in front of a grocery store near a building site in Vladivostok, Russia, cooling themselves with mugs of draft beer. When asked if they were North Koreans, the men asked, "Are you from South Korea?" One of the laborers, who was in his 40s, then said there were around 50 workers from all over North Korea, including Pyongyang and Nampo, at this particular site alone, and they can be seen at practically every construction site in Vladivostok. The entire Siberian city has turned into...
  • Homeless in Hawaii Baffle Liberals in Government, PART II

    07/17/2011 10:58:37 AM PDT · by Lornik · 21 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | 07/17/2011 | Don Nakaso
    The absence of a plan to deal with Waikiki's entrenched homeless population for November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference has lawmakers and residents worried about the possibility of a law enforcement "sweep" they say will symbolize Hawaii's failure to solve the ongoing problem. The state's homeless coordinator told the Star-Advertiser there is no plan to address the homeless problem in Waikiki specifically for APEC, when Waikiki will be center stage before the leaders of 21 APEC nations and 2,500 international journalists. Gov. Neil Abercrombie's 90-day homeless plan that was launched in May is intended to address overall, long-term solutions, Marc Alexander...
  • Obama Meets Female "Robot" in Japan - Photo (Your Caption/Quotes, Please)

    11/16/2010 4:52:49 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies · 1+ views
    DVice ^ | 17 November 2010 | Gizmodo
    Good ahead. Have a field day.
  • "Obama Delivers Only Hot Air" (ASIA TIME) (Messiah's Epic Fail in Asia)

    11/15/2010 8:20:56 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Asia Times ^ | 15 November 2010 | Donald Kirk
    Obama delivers only hot air By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Theodore Roosevelt, a great American president with a clearly imperialist agenda, uttered one of the most famous lines in US history in 1901 when he advised a crowd, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". These days, US President Barack Obama seems to have gotten that aphorism reversed. He speaks a lot but doesn't seem to be carrying a big stick. That was the impression he gave after winding up his 11-day Asian odyssey in Japan at a tepid weekend gathering of Pacific rim leaders banded together in the Asia...
  • "OBAMA MISSION TO ASIA BASICALLY A FAILURE" (Japan JNN Network TV News Video) My Translation

    11/14/2010 8:24:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 83 replies
    JNN (Tokyo Broadcast Networking Evening News Clip, Japan) ^ | 15 November 2010 | JNN (Tokyo Broadcasting Network)
    Go to the Link HERE.Stream the one minute report--by hitting the white triangle in center of page, showing Obama meandering throughout Asia country by country, but ending on the tone that "his Asian trip basically accomplished little", and saying that President Obama now heads into a weakened situation back home with the emboldened and multiplied Republicans waiting for him in D.C.Most computers can stream this short JNN video, voice over is in Japanese but good visuals of Obama "in action"; it will be up for a day or two.
  • "The Trip About Nothing" (OBAMA EPIC FAIL IN ASIA) - FOX

    11/12/2010 9:27:26 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 November 2010 | Stephen Yates and Christian Whiton
    The most conceited White House in memory thinks it is making history in Asia. Instead, President Obama is completing his longest foreign trip with no real accomplishments to show for himself—and a reinforced image as a weak leader in over his head...

    11/22/2009 6:20:18 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 2,035+ views
    Business Week ^ | 22 November 2009 | Bruce Nussbaum, in Singapore
    Sitting here in Singapore as President Obama went through China and flew home from his 8-day trip to Asia, it is perhaps easier to see the true truth of his trip—it’s deep failure....
  • Heading to Oslo in Weeks, President Obama Faces Tough Days on the Diplomatic Front

    11/17/2009 8:50:37 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 21 replies · 574+ views
    ABC ^ | Jake Tapper
    Heading to Oslo in Weeks, President Obama Faces Tough Days on the Diplomatic Front November 17, 2009 7:27 AM MoreBEIJING, CHINA -- In less than a month, President Obama will step onto a stage in Oslo, Norway, to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. If Mr. Obama hoped that his week-long four-country visit to Asia, his first as president, would yield concrete accomplishments that might silence critics skeptical that he deserves that prize, he might be disappointed. Though White House aides insist the president's trip was mainly to reassert a US presence in Asian diplomacy, and that his itinerary set no...
  • Singapore shoots down "rumor" of APEC attack plot

    08/23/2009 10:30:34 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 2 replies · 499+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 24, 2009
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has downplayed media reports of a plot to attack an Asia-Pacific summit in the city-state in November, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday. "The rumors are rumors. You check it, if it is unverifiable, you know you can't be chasing after every rumor,' Second Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was quoted by the daily as saying during a mock terrorist attack exercise on Sunday. The Singapore Police Force and the Ministry of Home Affairs were not available for immediate comment. An intelligence analyst from the Center for Intelligence and National Security in Indonesia told Reuters...
  • Singapore to toughen protest laws ahead of APEC meet

    01/18/2009 4:36:06 PM PST · by BGHater · 282+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | Reuters
    Singapore will toughen its protest laws ahead of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to reduce the number of civil disobedience acts, state media reported on Saturday. Wong Kan Seng, Singapore's interior minister, told the pro-government Straits Times newspaper the city-state will look to enact regulations in the coming months giving police greater power to prevent protesters from gathering. Singapore will host an APEC ministerial meeting in July and the annual summit in mid-November. It hopes to avoid a controversy like the one in 2006 when an opposition politician was prevented from holding a march during the World Bank...
  • [President] Bush plans to start library, Freedom Institute

    11/23/2008 6:48:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 910+ views
    Outgoing US President George W Bush plans to open a presidential library in Texas and found a Freedom Institute to promote democracy, his wife Laura Bush confirmed to Peru's El Comercio daily. "The President will build a library in Dallas, where we will move to, and a Freedom Institute," she said in an interview published on Sunday, as her husband wrapped up his participation in a weekend summit in Lima by Asia-Pacific leaders. "The institute will give us both the opportunity to work on issues that are very important to us," she said, according to the Spanish-language translation by the...
  • Asia-Pacific leaders sound upbeat note on crisis (confident world will overcome crisis in 18 mos.)

    11/23/2008 1:16:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 363+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/23/08 | P. Parameswaran
    LIMA, Peru (AFP) – Asia-Pacific leaders wrapped up a summit Sunday voicing confidence the world would overcome the financial crisis within 18 months by jumpstarting global trade talks and resisting protectionism. The meeting in Peru marked the farewell to international summits for US President George W. Bush, who held final meetings with other top world leaders including a cool exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum vowed in a final declaration to "act quickly and decisively" to combat "one of the most serious economic challenges we have ever faced." In an unusual...
  • APEC: Financial crisis to be overcome in 18 months

    11/23/2008 11:04:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 518+ views
    ap via yahoo ^ | Sunday November 23, 1:47 pm ET | Joseph Coleman
    LIMA, Peru The global financial crisis can be overcome within 18 months by acting "quickly and decisively," Pacific Rim leaders said Sunday as they pledged to make food cheaper, governments cleaner and markets more open. But the 21 leaders, who represent more than half the world's economic power, offered few details of their recovery plan. The biggest accomplishment of the two-day summit was broadening support for the Washington Declaration made last weekend by major economies, pledging to maintain free trade despite domestic pressures. "We are convinced that we can overcome this crisis in a period of 18 months," the leaders...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...(photos)...11/22/08

    11/22/2008 4:53:02 PM PST · by daisyscarlett · 94 replies · 1,681+ views
    yahoo news;; | daisyscarlett
    President Bush is in Lima, Peru, meeting with leaders from nations in the Asia Pacific region at their annual summit. (APEC). Today he addressed the APEC Summit 2008. REMARKS President Bush met with Prime Minister Harper of Canada TRANSCRIPT and with President Medvedev of Russia TRANSCRIPT at APEC. The subject of the President’s Weekly Radio Broadcast was APEC. TRANSCRIPT Mrs. Laura Bush and Ms. Barbara Bush arrived in Lima Peru today to join President Bush.
  • 'War criminal' Bush blamed for global crisis

    11/21/2008 8:44:44 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies · 534+ views
    The Australian ^ | 11-22-2008 | From correspondents in Lima
    PROTESTERS have demanded that US President George W Bush get out of Peru where he is attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, blaming him for the world economic crisis. "Bush out," about 1000 demonstrators chanted in the centre of the capital Lima, watched by scores of police in riot gear who made sure they did not move towards the APEC summit venue several kilometres away. "This crisis didn't come from the Peruvian people. We shouldn't have to pay for it," a union leader told the crowd, which demonstrated peacefully. Mr Bush, one of 21 leaders of Asia-Pacific economies converging...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 11-21-08

    11/21/2008 5:48:00 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 104 replies · 2,962+ views
    Today President Bush traveled to Lima, Peru to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This will be his final trip abroad as President. Traveling with President Bush are Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Press Secretary Dana Perino. The President spoke about the APEC summit in his Weekly Radio Address, which was recorded and released today. (Transcript) This summit comes at a time of serious turmoil in the global economy. It also comes at a time of unprecedented cooperation. A week ago in Washington, I hosted the first in what will be a series...
  • Howard says APEC climate pact step towards post-Kyoto

    09/09/2007 12:54:25 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 09, 2007 | Rana Ghayyour
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Asia-Pacific climate change agreement was a milestone because it marked the first time the world's biggest polluters had pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Australia's Prime Minister said on Sunday. "This is the first such agreement involving the major polluters -- the United States, China and the Russian Federation," John Howard told a news conference following the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. "And (it) is therefore a very important component, along the hard march of mankind towards reaching a sensible, workable, international agreement to cover the period post-Kyoto, that is 2012 onwards," he said. Pacific Rim...
  • Cessna pilot questioned after APEC airspace breach

    09/09/2007 12:16:40 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 20 replies · 1,585+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) ^ | September 9, 2007 - 4:20PM | Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC)
    The pilot behind a security scare in Sydney airspace this afternoon is being questioned by authorities. A small Cessna aircraft had to be escorted by two F/A-18 Defence fighter jets into Sydney's Bankstown Airport, after failing to respond in restricted APEC airspace above Sydney. A witness has told commercial radio the fighter jets fired flares at the plane. He says shortly before 3:00pm AEST he saw the plane enter restricted airspace over the western suburb of Penrith before flares were fired at it by two F/A-18 jets. "This light plane came over in restricted airspace because of APEC and these...
  • Bush goes mountain biking

    09/07/2007 6:47:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 531+ views ^ | 5th September 2007
    US President George W Bush got out of his motorcade and onto a mountain bike in Sydney's north this afternoon, a US Embassy official says. The president took advantage of a break in his schedule of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of this week's APEC conference to indulge his passion for mountain biking. "I can confirm he went mountain bike riding this afternoon," a US Embassy official told AAP. President Bush got out of his motorcade and onto a mountain bike in Sydney's north this afternoon, a US Embassy official says. The president took advantage of a break in his...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 9-7-07

    09/07/2007 5:52:19 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 132 replies · 2,570+ views
    The APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit officially began today in Sydney Australia. President Bush addressed the Summit this morning, thanking Prime Minister John Howard for his hospitality. (Transcript) The president then had lunch with ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, which included the presidents of Vietnam, the Philippines and the prime minister of Thailand among other leaders. ASEAN has the fourth largest trading relationship with the United States. (Transcript) President Bush later met individually with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Transcript) and South Korean President Roh Moon-Hyun (Transcript). Apparently there was a “miscommunication” during the meeting with the...
  • Hu's up, Bush down at Pacific Rim summit (At APEC, Bush thought he was at OPEC)

    09/07/2007 11:58:47 AM PDT · by GeorgeKant · 16 replies · 712+ views
    AP ^ | 9/7/07 | CHARLES HUTZLER
    SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush used an address before an audience of Pacific Rim business elite to discuss the war on terror. Chinese President Hu Jintao talked about the business opportunities that China's growth is producing. The messages, and the reviews they received this week, underscore how Washington and Beijing are now being perceived in the Asia-Pacific region, where the U.S. role seems to be slipping, while China is seen as the power of the future. "Politics does not exist in a vacuum, and whenever there is a vacuum, somebody else is going to fill that, whether it is China...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 09-06-07

    09/06/2007 5:47:47 PM PDT · by snugs · 171 replies · 2,901+ views ^ | 6th Septemeber 2007 | Snugs
    The President contiued with his visit to Australia ahead of Friday's APEC Summit. Today he met with Australia's Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd and other members of his political party.Rudd and Bush map out war plan He also made a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney And he attended a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the APEC summit, the main sumit commences on Friday (probably about know Australian time). Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino and Senior Administration Officials Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • President George W. Bush & Prime Minister John Howard - Joint Press Conference transcript

    09/05/2007 4:10:12 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 295+ views
    E-mail | 5 September 2007
    Joint Press Conference with the President of the United States, George W. Bush, Intercontinental, Sydney Subject: APEC; Iraq; climate change; Australia-United States relations. E&OE... PRIME MINISTER HOWARD: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to welcome the media to this news conference. I'll say a couple of words, invite the President to speak briefly, and then we'll take a couple of questions from each of the press groups. It's always a great pleasure, George, to welcome you to Australia. The United States President is always welcome in our country. We have no closer alliance with any country in the world...
  • Not James Bond, just George Bush

    09/04/2007 10:17:34 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 728+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 September 2007
    A DOZEN zodiac boats packed with heavily armed, black-clad security personnel sped alongside the VIPs in their white luxury yacht. Security men rode jet skis nearby, police helicopters hovered overhead and police snipers took up positions on buildings. It could have been a location shoot for a new James Bond film, but it was part of the blanket of security Australia has thrown over Sydney for the visit of US President George W. Bush. After holding a news conference, Mr Bush and Prime Minister John Howard and their delegations boarded a sleek yacht at Man o' War Wharf and headed...
  • George Bush arrives for APEC

    09/04/2007 6:13:06 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 792+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 September 2007
    DEVELOPING REPORT: US President George W Bush's aircraft Air Force One has arrived in Sydney for the APEC summit, amid security arrangements unprecedented in Australia. Sydney Police have cleared a path through Sydney for the president's 30-car motorcade to travel unhindered to the Intercontinental Hotel in the city's CBD. Mr Bush is in Sydney for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit this week. He leaves on Saturday to return home in time for September 11, 2001 terror attack commemorations. He travelled to Sydney from Iraq today, where he made a surprise visit to a US military base with top members...
  • Bush says sorry to Sydney

    08/31/2007 3:08:31 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 595+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 August 2007 | Lincoln Archer
    US President George W. Bush has apologised to the people of Sydney for the widespread inconvenience the APEC summit security lockdown will cause. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Bush said he was not aware of how the city would be affected, but he was sorry if he was putting people out. "I have a lot on my mind," he said, adding that it was the first he had heard of the planned security crackdown that will see much of the northern part of the city fenced off as well as expanded police powers to search people and seize banned items....
  • Bush no-show would be a blow to APEC (Al Gore slammed)

    08/29/2007 7:01:48 PM PDT · by Dundee · 13 replies · 789+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 30, 2007 | Greg Sheridan
    IS President George W. Bush going to come to Sydney for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum summit next week?... As The Australian revealed on Monday, Bush's senior advisers unanimously opposed his coming to Sydney. That information is not a whisper. That information is solid... Bill Clinton cancelled out of two APEC leaders meetings: Osaka in 1995 and Kuala Lumpur in 1998. On both occasions he skipped at the last possible minute and sent then vice-president Al Gore in his place. ...Clinton's absence led to a previously unscheduled meeting between Keating and Gore in which Keating gave Gore a fearful bollocking...
  • US is fully committed to Asia: President Bush

    11/16/2006 6:56:32 PM PST · by khoree · 8 replies · 530+ views ^ | Nov 16, 2006 | Joanne Leow
    SINGAPORE : President George Bush said the United States is fully committed to Asia. Speaking in Singapore on Thursday, he said the US will work to advance trade, tackle the terrorist threat and alleviate poverty in the region. The President also stressed the Asia-Pacific countries' role in reviving the Doha Round of Talks, saying this would be the key to meeting world economic growth goals. And he said an Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement deserves serious consideration. ...snip... President Bush reaffirmed his country's involvement in what he called the fastest growing and most dynamic region in the world. Besides the WTO...
  • Bush's visit to Vietnam sparks hope in Little Saigon

    11/16/2006 10:08:42 AM PST · by Toidylop · 17 replies · 884+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2006 | Mai Tran
    In the streets and marketplaces of Little Saigon, the talk is of optimism and new freedoms for a country many fled decades ago. President Bush's visit to Vietnam today is seen in the nation's largest Vietnamese American community as a heartening, profoundly important event. For some, there is even the hope that the president will find a way to champion reform in a country that still evokes bitterness and memories of terrible times. "I've been waiting for this day," said Kimberly Ta, 61, of Anaheim, shopping with her father and friends at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. "I am...
  • President Bush arrives in Singapore

    11/15/2006 5:06:26 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 380+ views
    AFP via translation | November 15, 2006
    Arrival of George Bush in Singapore SINGAPORE - American president George W. Bush arrived Thursday to Singapore, first stage of a voyage one week to Asia intended to promote the democratic reforms, to reinforce the safety of the United States, like his commercial bonds with the countries of the area. The plane One Air Force landed with 07H15 local (Wednesday 23H15 GMT) in Singapore where George W. Bush will remain Thursday, before going Friday to Vietnam where it will take part in the annual top of the forum of economic Co-operation the Asia-Pacific (Apec). It will complete its round...
  • Bush Leaving Next Week for Trip to Asia

    11/09/2006 8:35:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 725+ views
    My Way ^ | Nov 9, 8:48 PM | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - On his upcoming trip to Asia, President Bush will chat with Japan's new prime minister and stoke his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He'll discuss terrorism, bird flu, trade and other issues with leaders of Vietnam and Indonesia. Bush leaves on the eight-day trip on Tuesday. As a gesture of friendship to Russia, Air Force One will make a refueling stop in Moscow on its way to southeast Asia, where Bush is attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Hanoi. "Southeast Asia is a region with an active al-Qaida-linked terrorist presence that we are working with...
  • Bush to visit Ho Chi Minh City (APEC / Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum)

    10/23/2006 6:29:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,109+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush will visit Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the city once known as Saigon that was the capital of U.S.-backed South Vietnam, during a trip to the communist nation next month, the White House said Monday. Bush will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' forum in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Nov. 18 and 19. He will also stop in Singapore and Indonesia during his trip, the White House said. Bush will meet with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Nguyen Minh Triet, an economic reformer who has pushed for his country's membership in the...
  • US urges APEC to dry money flows that fund terrorism, weapons

    09/07/2006 10:48:15 PM PDT · by Republicain · 1 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/07/2006
    HANOI (AFP) - The United States urged Asia-Pacific nations meeting in Vietnam to prevent their banking systems from being abused to finance terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, including by North Korea. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he thanked Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for "cooperation in efforts to keep the banking system free of abuse by the North Koreans and other would-be miscreants". Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs executive on his first Asia trip since assuming his post in July, said he discussed the issue widely at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers' meeting. "All...
  • Asia-Pacific Passes Bird Flu Pandemic Test, Australia Says

    06/10/2006 2:39:57 PM PDT · by blam · 323 replies · 2,220+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6-9-2006
    Asia-Pacific passes bird flu pandemic test, Australia says Fri Jun 9, 4:02 PM ET SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian officials praised as creative the responses of Asian and Pacific countries to a hypothetical bird flu pandemic which included discouraging kissing and building a factory to make protective masks. The scenario tested involved a new strain of bird flu, dubbed the 'Malacca Straits Flu', reaching pandemic proportions within the region after several infected fishermen were rescued by a passing cruise ship. "The scenario successfully achieved the goal of testing communication responses during the exercise, which lasted 26 hours across eight time zones,"...
  • Asia Rising (The future is happening there, for better or worse).

    04/23/2006 3:34:40 AM PDT · by jome · 16 replies · 1,106+ views
    National Review Online(NY) ^ | April 21, 2006, 6:06 a.m. | Rich Lowry
    Asia Rising Donald Rumsfeld infamously made a distinction between Old Europe and New Europe. He has been scored ever since for his sweeping and impolitic language, but he wasn't sweeping enough: In geopolitical terms, all of Europe is old, the world's most tourist-friendly museum piece. For the future of high-stakes U.S. diplomacy and of great-power politics, look no further than Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the U.S. It is Asia that should occupy an outsized place in our strategic thinking, and it is Europe that should be the relative afterthought, not the other way around. The media and foreign-policy...

    02/16/2006 4:36:10 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 12 replies · 363+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | February 15, 2006 | Tarique Niazi
    India and China are locked in a bitter struggle for Pan-Asian leadership in South, Southeast and Central Asia. Three regional economic and security organizations—South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)—symbolize their jostling for power. Of these, SAARC is symbolically significant with little political or economic substance. ASEAN combines Southeast Asia’s economic concerns with its security needs, while the SCO primarily remains a security organization dominated by Beijing’s interests in Central Asia. These organizations, however, articulate multilateral concerns, which are greatly shaped by the competing interests of Beijing...
  • Blow to US as S Korea makes Iraq troops cut(Roh backstabbinhg Bush)

    11/20/2005 12:26:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 1,354+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 11/19/05 | Anna Fifield & Caroline Daniel
    Blow to US as S Korea makes Iraq troops cut By Anna Fifield and Caroline Daniel in Busan, South Korea Published: November 19 2005 02:00 | Last updated: November 19 2005 02:00 South Korea yesterday revealed plans to withdraw about a third of its 3,200 troops from Iraq, an embarrassing diplomatic blow to President George W. Bush only a day after he thanked Roh Moo-hyun, his South Korean counterpart, for helping "democracy flourish" in the Middle East. As the two leaders attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the South Korean port city of Busan, the South's defence ministry confirmed...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (11/19/05): photos, Korea and China

    11/19/2005 3:21:35 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 290 replies · 4,315+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush, as well as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others in the American delegation, continue their trip to Asian nations. Before leaving for Bejing, China, they visited Osan Air Base, Osan, Republic of Korea, where the President spoke to a huge crowd of troops and other American personnel. "Laura and I are so honored to be here," the President said. "We thought we'd stop by and feel the thunder and the fury of the Mustangs. Thanks for greeting us. It's a privilege to stand with the brave men and women of...
  • Bird flu, free trade top Pacific talks

    11/18/2005 6:54:21 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 231+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 18. November 2005 | Reuters & AP (?)
    BUSAN, South Korea — The leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies gathered today to develop joint action to fight bird flu and shore up flagging talks on a global free-trade pact, but regional tensions hung over their talks. Security was tight before the opening of the two-day summit in the port city of Busan, where activists promised protests by 100,000 people opposed variously to U.S. forces in South Korea, globalization, North Korea and trade liberalization. Although dismissed by some as toothless, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is determined to make its voice heard on global concerns including corruption,...
  • S. Korea: Protests turn violent near APEC venue(Photos of Pinkos Acting Up)

    11/18/2005 5:11:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 770+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/18/05 | Jack Kim
    Protests turn violent near APEC venue By Jack Kim 36 minutes ago Thousands of farm activists and union workers hurled bottles in a clash with police near a meeting of Pacific Rim leaders on Friday and had to be quelled by water cannon. The clash broke out about two km (1.2 miles) from the convention center where leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies were meeting. About 2,000 farmers and farm activists and 3,000 union workers took to the streets of Pusan to denounce APEC, the World Trade Organization and U.S. President George W. Bush, who was attending the...