Friday, March 7, 2014
The latest double-digit increase to China's defense budget serves world peace and is no threat to anyone, state media argued Thursday after the 12.2 percent spending hike raised alarms in Japan., 1 Comment
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The United States and Western diplomats failed to bring Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers together Wednesday for face-to-face talks on the confrontation in Crimea, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism that an exit strategy was possible. "I'd rather be where we are today than where we were yesterday," he said.
Niger on Thursday extradited to Libya one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, al-Saadi, who fled as his father's regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since, the government in Tripoli said.
South Korean officials on Thursday criticized a North Korean artillery launch that they say happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane reportedly carrying 202 people flew in the same area.
U.S. and Russian top diplomats headed for crucial talks on Ukraine Wednesday as the EU unveiled an aid package worth at least 11 billion euros to support the country's new pro-Western leaders.
The Council of Agriculture (COA) dispatched investigators to southern markets in Taiwan to probe the recent increase in pork prices yesterday, stating that should figures continue to increase, the possibility of illegal markups and attempted monopolization will increase, possibly necessitating the involvement of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC).
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that Taiwan will be crippled if it does not take part in regional economic integration, likening the current state of global affairs to the Warring States period in ancient China.
China is targeting growth of about 7.5 percent in 2014, Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday, promising to "declare war" on pollution as the government pledges to transform the world's second-largest economy.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
China's government promised sweeping reforms Wednesday to promote sustainable growth in its slowing economy by opening state-dominated industries to private investment, making its banks more market-oriented and encouraging consumer spending.
President Barack Obama proposed a budget Tuesday for the coming fiscal year that has less to do with managing US finances than with stemming his party's losses in congressional elections.