September 3, 2014

Rice in China visit to pave way for Obama's November 'milestone' meeting with Xi

Susan Rice, the White House National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, travelled to China last week to talk with China's top leaders, including Xi Jinping, on key agenda items ahead of the Obama-Xi summit in Beijing in November when China hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. The trip occurred amid new tensions between the U.S. and China over a series of close and dangerous confrontations between U.S. surveillance aircraft with China's fighter jets in international waters. (FULL STORY)
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.   Andy Wong/AP
iPhone6 on hold in China where
'economic nationalism' is on the rise

One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple's biggest market — is not among the eight countries where the smartphone will be first put on sale. While Apple has teamed up with the state-owned giant China Mobile, the release of the potentially iconic phone has been held up by reasons including supply-chain hiccups — and government interference.

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  Bloomberg News
China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices
Australia announces intention to sell Uranium to India

South Korean mafia movies inspire gangland activity in the North

China conducts talks with Seoul, but not Tokyo, on ADIZs
Iraq claims to have captured a Chinese ISIL fighter
North Korean delegations to visit West Europe, U.S. this month

Power struggle between Kim’s top two aides noted by North Korea watchers
SEOUL — The bitter rivalry between Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Wong-Hong, two of North Korea's most powerful leader under Kim Jong-Un, has emerged in the wake of fierce competitions to win much-needed foreign currency.
New S. Korea-U.S. Combined Division would destroy N. Korean WMD in the event of war
To counter China's foreign propaganda, Japan increases budget for PR promotion overseas
Japan man arrested in China for 'illegal mapping' of forbidden areas WorldTribune.Com