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  • Japan PM Abe won't apologise at Pearl Harbor: government

    12/06/2016 6:54:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2016 | Hiroshi Hiyama
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won't apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said on Tuesday. The move follows Barack Obama's historic May trip to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting US president, where he spoke of victims' suffering but offered no apology for dropping the world's first nuclear bomb.
  • "Trump talks with Taiwan President" (Taiwan cartoon)

    12/04/2016 5:34:58 PM PST · by jiggyboy · 25 replies
    TomoNewsUS ^ | December 4, 2016 | TomoNewsUS
    (Full title: "Trump talks with Taiwan President: Tsai Ing-wen calls Donald, Western media flips out") The subtitles: NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia. Trump tweeted last Friday, “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!” About and hour later, he then tweeted, “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.” During an approximately 10 minute phone call, Tsai and Trump...
  • Trump Right not to Bow Down to China

    12/05/2016 2:31:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There once was a time when China was afraid of offending us, but liberal pundits, politicians, and those human equivalents of the dodo bird, career diplomats, are aghast that President-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan Tsai-Ing-wen. Trump acted to “buck diplomatic protocol”, the chattering class harrumphed, and offended China, whose leader, President Xi JinPing, President Obama bowed to in 2014 at the APEC Economic Leader’s meeting in China. Trump’s hyperventilating critics forget that to accept a call from a foreign leader is not conducting foreign policy. President-elect Trump knows full well...
  • China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan before Trump call with Taiwanese president

    12/05/2016 2:02:22 PM PST · by jennychase · 23 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/5/2016 | Jennifer Griffin
    Officials: China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s president over the phone, China flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan for the first time, two U.S. officials revealed to Fox News.
  • Japan Looks To Leapfrog China With 130 Petaflop Supercomputer

    11/26/2016 3:28:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    hothardware.com ^ | Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Brittany Goetting —
    The supercomputer race has only just begun. Japan is currently planning to build the world’s fastest supercomputer. The machine, nicknamed AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), would ideally be able to process 130 quadrillion calculations per second or 130 petaflops. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for scientists, companies, and bureaucrats to work together in order to dominate robotics, renewable energy, and other up and coming industries. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the supercomputer project and should commence in early 2017. Japan is particularly interested in artificial intelligence such as...
  • China Ridicules Obama's Last Foreign Tour: "Washington's Leadership In Global Affairs Has Decayed"

    11/15/2016 8:22:46 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 15, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past several years it has become abundantly clear that China does not have a high opinion of President Barack Obama. As a reminder, at the start of September, during his final trip to China, China "welcomed" Obama with a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation. First, there was no staircase for Obama to exit the plane and descend on the red carpet, so he had to use an emergency exit.
  • Philippine Leader Duterte Ditches U.S. for China, Says 'America Has Lost'

    10/20/2016 4:53:45 PM PDT · by fision · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | 10/20/2016 | Ron Allen
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  • ALERT! The Chinese are wiping out Tibet

    10/13/2016 5:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    rediff.com ^ | October 13, 2016 | Major General Mrinal Suman (retd)
    IMAGE: Activists dressed as Chinese soldiers and a Tibetan monk perform a street drama depicting the Tibetan uprising 52 years ago against Chinese rule. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters Tibet continues to be an enigma to all visitors. My two visits have been no different. One sees massive Chinese investment in road and railway infrastructure. Modern skyscrapers are coming up at a frenetic pace to house migrants from the mainland. Yet, Tibet presents a sight of a state under foreign siege. A deceptive calm hides the underlying tension. There is no cheer in the air. The story of Tibet is a saga...
  • Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell,' warns of breakup

    10/04/2016 8:17:12 AM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies
    AP ^ | October 4, 2016 | JIM GOMEZ
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte told President Barack Obama "you can go to hell" in a speech Tuesday that was his strongest tirade so far against the U.S. over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign, adding that he may eventually decide to "break up with America." He also lashed out anew at the European Union, saying the bloc, which has also criticized his brutal crackdown, "better choose purgatory, hell is filled up." Since becoming president in June, Deuterte has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S. and with Obama and has declared intentions to bolster relations...
  • Clinton condemns North Korea nuclear test, backs Obama's call for more sanctions

    09/10/2016 7:52:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9th, 2016 | by Eric Walsh
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test and said she supported U.S. President Barack Obama's call to increase sanctions on the East Asian country. "I support President Obama’s call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions," Clinton said in a statement.
  • Montage: 18 Times Obama Trashed America in Asia

    09/09/2016 6:03:10 PM PDT · by Vendome · 28 replies
    Grabien News ^ | Sep 9, 2016 | ?
    What is it about traveling abroad that seems to encourage President Obama to unload all manner of grievances on the United States? For whatever reason, traveling abroad appears to help crystallize everything wrong he sees in America. During his recent trip to Cuba and Argentina, for example, we counted 18 separate times he talked down his employer, the United States of America. His just-concluded trip to Asia was no different. Here are 18 separate attacks he unloaded while in China and Laos: 1.There are still too many poor children in the United States 2.Too many children in America are not...
  • Tremor Points to a Nuclear Test in North Korea

    09/08/2016 7:09:23 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 8, 2016
    South Korean officials said that they had detected an “artificial” tremor emanating from North Korea on Friday morning, indicating that the country has conducted its fifth nuclear test despite threats of more sanctions from Washington ... A statement from the South Korean military also said that an artificial tremor, registered as magnitude 5.0, had originated from Punggye-ri in northeastern North Korea, where the North has conducted its four previous underground nuclear tests. North Korea last tested a nuclear device on Jan. 6. In April, President Park Guen-hye of South Korea warned that the North might be preparing for another underground...
  • Philippine President calls Obama 'the son of a w****' as he refuses to be lectured on human rights

    09/05/2016 7:07:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 117 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9/5/2016 | unknown
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a "son of a w****" on Monday as he vowed not to be lectured by the US leader on human rights when they meet in Laos. The acid-tongued Duterte bristled at warnings he would face questioning by the US president over a crime war in the Philippines that has claimed more than 2,400 lives in just over two months. "You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum," Duterte told a news conference shortly before flying to Laos to...
  • President of The Phillipines Uses "Profane Term" to describe Obama

    09/07/2016 2:57:05 PM PDT · by vette6387 · 57 replies
    lauguagelog,.dc | 9/7/16 | vette6387
    http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=27961
  • Is Naval Conflict With China Inevitable?

    09/05/2016 6:49:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    real clear politics ^ | Sept. 3 2016 | Seth Cropsey
    This week, President Obama is making his final trip to Asia. With the presidential election looming, it is the right time to reflect on Obama’s foreign policy, and to think about what is to come. A key component of the next president’s foreign policy must be to compel China to respect international law. Otherwise, we may be faced by a conflict with a growing navy at a time when ours is decreasing in size. Obama has not made this imperative any easier. On July 12 an international tribunal at The Hague found that China possessed neither an historic claim over...
  • Philippines' Dutere Calls Obama 'Son of a Whore'

    09/05/2016 11:28:15 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Saul Loeb, Manman Dejeto
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a "son of a whore" on Monday as he vowed not to be lectured by the US leader on human rights when they meet in Laos..... The acid-tongued Duterte bristled at warnings he would face questioning by the US president over a war against drugs in the Philippines...... ........"You must be respectful...... "You must be respectful......Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum," Duterte told a news conference shortly before flying to Laos to attend a summit....."
  • Obama cancels meeting with new Philippine President Duterte

    09/05/2016 1:57:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 90 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 5, 2016 | JOSH LEDERMAN and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — President Barack Obama called off a planned meeting Tuesday with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seeking distance from a U.S. ally's leader during a diplomatic tour that's put Obama in close quarters with a cast of contentious world figures. It's unusual for one president to tell another what to say or not say, and much rarer to call the other a "son of a bitch." Duterte managed to do both just before flying to Laos for a regional summit, warning Obama not to challenge him over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.
  • Tokyo protests as China Coast Guard passes Diaoyutais

    08/21/2016 10:29:54 AM PDT · by traumer · 5 replies
    TEMPERATURE RISING:Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests since Aug. 5 over what it says have been 30 intrusions in its waters by Chinese vessels Tokyo yesterday protested to Beijing after Chinese Coast Guard vessels sailed into territorial waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said. Four Chinese vessels entered the waters around the Japanese-controlled Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) — known as the Senkakus in Japan — at about 10am, the Japan Coast Guard said, adding that the vessels left the waters within one hour. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets,...
  • Japan plans to 'go on offense' with 300 km-range missiles

    08/14/2016 7:44:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ecns.cn ^ | 2016-08-15
    Japan's decision to develop surface-to-sea missiles with a range of 300 kilometers to cover the disputed islands shows the country may be eyeing a shift to an offensive posture, analysts said. The Japanese government has decided to develop the missiles to "protect the nation's isolated islands," including the disputed Diaoyu Islands, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. Development costs will be part of the Defense Ministry's budget request for the fiscal year ending March 2018, and the weapons are set to be deployed on islands, such as Miyako, in Japan's southernmost Okinawa prefecture by 2023. "Japan is trying to use the missile...
  • Report: China Could Make a Big Move in the South China Starting Next Month

    08/14/2016 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 14th, 2016 | Harry J. Kazianis
    It seems if the People’s Republic of China is going to make a push to radically alter the status-quo in the South China Sea—by reclaiming the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal that is clearly within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines—we now have a good idea of when that might happen: sometime between early September, after the G-20 summit being hosted in China, and the U.S. presidential election on November 8th. The idea was laid out in a recent article in the South China Morning Post in an article dated August 13th. The report, quoting “a source familiar with...
  • Singapore delaying decision on F-35 fighter purchase: Report

    08/11/2016 2:54:23 AM PDT · by djsunzi · 5 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | AUG 11, 2016 | Adrian Lim
    Singapore is reportedly holding off a decision to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet, a multi-role stealthy warplane that is touted as the world's most advanced fighter. A Bloomberg article published on Tuesday said the Republic's Permanent Secretary of Defence Development - who was not named in the story - informed the United States in mid-June that Singapore would be delaying the final steps of the purchasing process. The report added that Singapore had intended to acquire four F-35s by around 2022, with the option to purchase another eight more, citing information from the Pentagon's programme office.
  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insults US ambassador (Calls him "gay son of a bitch"

    08/11/2016 4:27:08 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 August 2016 | Duan McKirdy
    (CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called the US ambassador to his country a "gay son of a bitch" in a speech, prompting US diplomats to raise the issue with their Filipino counterparts in Washington. Recounting Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the country, Duterte, speaking Tagalog, said that he was feuding with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. "I was with (incoming defense chief General) Delfin Lorenzana. We talked to Kerry, he was actually OK because I had a fight with his ambassador. I told him: 'your ambassador is a gay son of a bitch.'"
  • Satellite Photos Suggest Chinese Military Build-Up on Disputed South China Sea Islands

    08/09/2016 1:06:47 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | August 9, 2016 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Satellite photographs taken in late July show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in disputed South China Sea islands, a Washington-based research group said.
  • North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base

    07/22/2016 8:49:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2016 | Peter Foster, and agencies
    North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base By Peter Foster, and agencies 22 July 2016 • 4:08pm North Korea is constructing a massive underground facility capable of sheltering ballistic missile submarine at a location on its east coast, new satellite images have shown. News of the fortified submarine pens in the port city of Sinpo comes as tension spiked again on the Korean Peninsula following a series of recent missile and weapons tests. Earlier this month North Korea tested a Pukgeukseong (Polaris) submarine-launched ballistic missile in waters off Sinpo in the Sea of Japan, deepening fears that Pyongyang is...
  • North Korea Is Sending Mysterious Coded Radio Messages Again

    07/21/2016 7:33:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/16 | Kyle Mizokami - Popular Mechanics
    A North Korean short wave radio station abruptly returned to the airwaves last Friday after a sixteen year absence. The mysterious broadcast has South Korean intelligence agents scrambling to figure out what its message means-and whom the message was intended for. The transmission, which began at approximately 12:45 on Friday, was made by an unnamed female announcer and began with, "From now on, I will give review work for the subject of mathematics under the curriculum of a remote education university for exploration agents of the 27th bureau." The announcer went on to say, "On page 459, question number 35,...
  • 100 Indian Tanks Now Near China Border In Eastern Ladakh, More To Come

    07/21/2016 6:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 19, 2016 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    LADAKH: Tipu Sultan, Maharana Pratap and Aurangzeb are surveying the vast open valleys hugging the mountain ranges of eastern Ladakh, ready to counter any threat from China, which lies just across the border. If you are wondering how the three rulers, separated by hundreds of years, have come together, these are the names of three tanks of a regiment the Indian Army has positioned about six to eight months ago in eastern Ladakh. India did briefly use tanks here in the 1962 India-China war (five were air dropped) but they were withdrawn after the humiliating defeat. Now, the tanks of...
  • Report: Japan's Emperor Akihito, 82, considering retiring

    07/13/2016 5:18:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2016 7:01 AM EDT
    Japan’s Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, the country’s public television said Wednesday. NHK said the 82-year-old Akihito did not wish to remain emperor if he had to reduce his official duties. […] It was not known if he had a timeline to relinquish his title to Crown Prince Naruhito. …
  • Obama's Reckless Overseas Attack on Trump

    05/31/2016 7:58:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 26, 2016 | Paul J. Saunders
    When looking for support for his foreign policy, President Barack Obama wants Republicans to line up behind him because politics should stop at the water’s edge. But when trying to elect a Democratic successor, Mr. Obama takes politics with him wherever he goes, including to this week’s G-7 Summit in Japan. Speaking at a press conference, he pontificated on the ongoing primary elections, including sharp jabs at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. While he might think that his attacks on Trump’s “ignorance” and “cavalier attitude” will somehow help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they in fact diminish not only Mr....
  • President omits context in Hiroshima speech

    05/31/2016 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the RESULT of what happens to a nation bent on “domination or conquest” As Barack Obama finishes out the last eight months of his second term as President, he has started working through his bucket list of things to do before he leaves office. This cringe-worthy endeavor has gotten off to a treason-worthy start with his trip to Vietnam highlighted by a photo op with a picture of Ho Chi Minh behind him. And I can’t think why Obama would have made his trip to Hiroshima except to present his warped vision of...
  • Peter Lucas: Obama, in Japan, can't help but apologize

    05/31/2016 6:27:53 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 9 replies
    lowell sun ^ | may 31 | Peter Lucas
    President Barack Obama should have gone to Pearl Harbor first. That way, when he got to Hiroshima, he could have told the world how Hiroshima would never have happened had not the Japanese provoked a war with the United States. He could also have added that Hiroshima would not have happened had Japan, having lost the war, surrendered. But the fanatic Japanese leaders refused, and vowed to fight a scorched earth final battle on Japanese soil. This meant a potential U.S. invasion of the Japanese homeland, an invasion that would have led to an horrific battle. That battle would have...
  • Trump: Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan?

    05/28/2016 8:36:00 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump ^ | 2:34 PM - 28 May 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost. #MDW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2016
  • Will there be war in the South China Sea?

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by originalist_1776 · 20 replies
    Podcast Reuters and War College on Soundcloud.com via War is Boring ^ | May 21, 2016 | U.S. Naval War College professor James Holmes
    <p>As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India.</p> <p>At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict.</p>
  • Stein Says US Owes Japan an Apology for Nuke Attack, More Important is Commitment to Disarm

    05/28/2016 7:33:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Jill2016 ^ | May 27, 2016 | David Doonan
    Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, said that President Obama should apologize during his trip to Hiroshima for the use of nuclear weapons against Japan by pledging nuclear disarmament. Dr. Stein also urged Obama to listen to the testimony of the survivors of the nuclear attack, who have dedicated their lives to the elimination of nuclear weapons so that no one else should ever experience the hell on earth they survived. "The existence of nuclear weapons threatens the survival of humanity. I pledge to eliminate all such weapons as an urgent priority," stated Stein. Despite...
  • Obama Dishonors Memorial Day At Hiroshima

    05/28/2016 3:06:17 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2016 | Tom Tancredo
    Does anyone think it an accident that President Obama chose Memorial Day weekend to give his high-sounding moral equivalence speech in Hiroshima calling for a “moral revolution”? What Obama proposed in his speech in Japan is moral disarmament, and the consequences of that moral capitulation will be horrific if the world follows his advice.
  • In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

    05/28/2016 7:38:01 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 34 replies
    LAT ^ | May 27, 2016 | Christi Parsons and Julie Makinen
    President Obama came face to face with the horror of nuclear war Friday in a somber visit to Hiroshima, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to tour the site of the atomic bombing 71 years ago that killed tens of thousands in an instant and ushered in the nuclear age. In a sweeping address that reflected on the obligations of humankind, Obama wrestled with the inherent contradiction that centuries of technical advancement have both made it easier to bind people together and given them the capacity for the carnage seen in this city. And he confronted the cold reality that...
  • Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

    05/27/2016 1:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHNS-TV ^ | May 27, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. As the first American president to visit the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge - but not apologize for - an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. Some 140,000 people died after...
  • Hiroshima: Dude, that was like 71 years ago!

    05/27/2016 6:34:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-28-2016 | MOTUS
    Thankfully Barry didn’t quite apologize for dropping the bomb when he went to visit Hiroshima. He did take the opportunity to call for a nuclear-free world though - which is about as realistic as a gun-free America, another of Barry’s pipe dreams (literally).An efficient pipedream delivery systemButt reality has never entered the picture when Barry has a Dream. And a nuclear free world world has been a dream of his ever since he was a young pup and “researched” the topic for his debut journalism thesis at Columbia’s Sundial.  “It’s naďve for us to think…that we can grow our nuclear...
  • Video: Obama beat boxes for Vietnam's 'queen of hip hop'

    05/25/2016 12:29:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 25, 2016 | James Rothwell and Jirtme Cartillier
    Barack Obama has wrapped up his historic visit to Vietnam by throwing down some beats for a Vietnamese rapper. The President was taking questions at a town hall-style meeting in Ho Chi Minh city when a young woman introduced herself as a hip hop artist before asking her question. Mr Obama immediately invited her to show off her talent, asking "do you need a few beats?" The woman, named Suboi and renowned as Vietnam's "queen of hip hop," then serenaded Obama with Vietnamese lyrics about whether people are really happy if they have lots of money. Seemingly delighted with the...
  • Obama looks to Hiroshima visit; Abe won't go to Pearl Harbor

    05/25/2016 9:59:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 25, 2016 | Nancy Benac, The Associated Press
    SHIMA, Japan (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor. Obama's opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. But that first-ever visit by a sitting American president was caught up in the controversy in Japan over...
  • Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi

    05/23/2016 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | GARDINER HARRIS
    HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War. “The decision to lift the ban was not based on China or any other considerations,” he said, with the Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, standing stiffly by his side. “It was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving toward normalization with Vietnam.”
  • Hiroshima atomic bomb victims want apology from Obama

    05/19/2016 7:59:27 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 111 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 19, 2016
    Tokyo (AFP) - Victims of the atomic bombings of Japan want an apology from US President Barack Obama when he visits Hiroshima next week, the head of a survivors' group said Thursday. Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, killing about 140,000 people in total. Tens of thousands were killed by the fireball that the powerful Hiroshima blast generated, with many more succumbing to injuries or illnesses caused by radiation in the weeks, months and years afterwards. Vast swathes of the city, including many of...
  • Pentagon: 'Unsafe' intercept over South China Sea

    05/18/2016 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 12 replies
    At least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was conducting a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told CNN Wednesday. The Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, the official said.
  • U.S. official signals willingness to work with Philippines' Newly Elected President Duterte

    05/11/2016 11:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    NYSE Post ^ | 05/11/2016
    "We'll wait for the official results and we can comment more directly there about our ability to work with the winners of that election", he said. The vice president looks likely to be Leni Robredo, a social activist who is now slightly ahead of Bongbong Marcos, the son of a former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He said his law and order policy had been the key to his success. On Monday, Duterte was asked to comment on his image as an advocate of mass-murder of crime suspects. But an estimated 500,000 people turned out for Duterte's last rally just as outgoing...
  • JAPANESE HAPPY OBAMA TO VISIT HIROSHIMA, APOLOGY OR NOT

    05/11/2016 7:14:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies
    AP ^ | May 11, 2016 | MIKI TODA AND MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese are welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, and those interviewed Wednesday said they aren't seeking an apology. Even those who want one realize that such a demand would have ruled out a U.S. presidential visit.
  • Obama to visit Hiroshima to promote nuke-free world

    05/10/2016 6:09:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | May 10, 2016 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima later this month, the White House announced Tuesday. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on the Japanese cities in 1945 during World War II. Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. He is scheduled to travel to Vietnam and Japan from May 21 through May 28 on his 10th trip to Asia, where he is expected to highlight America’s commitment to increase diplomatic, economic and security engagement with Asian nations and their people. The White House said Obama will participate in his final G-7 Summit...
  • Obama won’t apologize for Hiroshima during trip to Japan

    05/02/2016 3:55:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 2, 2016 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama may visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan late this month for a summit of key industrialized nations, but he will not apologize for the World War II decision to destroy that city with an atomic bomb, the White House said Monday. Asked by Yahoo News whether Obama believes Japan deserves a formal apology for the August 6, 1945, bombing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied: “No, he does not.” …
  • The Obama Administration Is Now Apologizing For America Winning World War II

    04/12/2016 3:49:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    When John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum this week before meeting foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit, Reuters reports that he had witnessed “haunting displays [of] photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.” “It is a stunning display. It is a gut-wrenching display,” explained Kerry. “It is a reminder of the depth of the obligation every one of us in public life carries … to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.” Iran exempted, of course. But, really, is this...
  • Kerry plans no apology for wartime atomic bomb on Hiroshima visit

    04/10/2016 3:09:32 PM PDT · by PROCON · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 10, 2016 | Arshad Mohammed and Kiyoshi Takenaka
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - John Kerry will not offer an apology for the United States' use of the atomic bomb against Japan when he becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Monday, a senior U.S. official said. Kerry is visiting the city, which was obliterated by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, to attend gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies that Japan opened on Sunday with a call to end nuclear weapons.
  • Pyongyang ready for pre-emptive nuclear strike: North's top diplomat

    03/28/2016 4:36:13 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 2016/03/28 23:21
    MOSCOW, March 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is ready to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike in response to what it claims is provocation by South Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang's top diplomat said Monday. "In response to the US frenzied hysteria for unleashing a nuclear war, we have fully transferred our army from the form of military response to the form of delivering a pre-emptive strike and we state resolutely about the readiness to deliver a pre-emptive nuclear strike," North Korea's Foreign Minister Lee Su-yong said. "In a word, the Korean peninsula faces the dilemma: a thermonuclear war or peace,"...
  • ROC Navy to Build Three Air Defense Catamaran Corvettes based on Tuo River-class

    03/15/2016 6:35:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | March 15, 2016
    The ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) has ordered three air defense catamaran corvettes based on the existing Tuo River-class. It is rumored the corvettes are expected to be fitted with Mk 41 VLS for a new naval variant of the Sky Bow III (Tien Kung III) surface to air missiles. It remains to be seen however if such large missiles can fit on a small platform like this catamaran corvette. Same thing goes for long range radar sensors. The "Tuo River" Catamaran Corvette sailing under its own power. Picture: Internet/Lee Chung Wei Other weapon system should include Sky...