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Rick Scott Figures Some Dictators Aren’t So Bad — If They’ve Got Money

Governor Rick Scott recently warned Florida’s seaports that they could lose critical state funding if they make any shipping deals with Cuba. He later told reporters: “I don’t believe any port in our state, none of them, should be doing business with a brutal dictator.” These would be stirring words if they didn’t reek with hypocrisy.

February 7, 2017
Paramilitary policemen and members of a gun salute team fire cannons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 1, 2015. China will hold the parade on September 3, Picture taken August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

China To Parade High-Tech Weaponry In Signal Of Strength, And Shop Window

China has poured capital into developing its home-grown weapons industry with an eye toward export markets as it projects greater military power in disputed waters in the South and East China Seas.

August 28, 2015

Beijing Cracks Down On Hong Kong

Who wants to vote, anyway?

October 16, 2014

Talent Firm: Lawyer Unable To Contact Jackie Chan’s Son After Arrest

By Yu-Tzu Chiu and Andreas Landwehr, dpa TAIPEI — A lawyer has been unable to contact Jaycee Chan, the son of martial arts film star Jackie Chan, after his drugs-related arrest in Beijing, the Chans’ management company said Tuesday. M’Stones International apologized for his arrest and said it would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him […]

August 19, 2014

Kerry: U.S. And China Have Agreed To Disagree On Key Issues

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — U.S. leaders have accused China of hacking into American companies’ files, bullying U.S. allies in Asia, and treating dissidents and ethnic minorities inhumanely. But pay little heed to the appearance of a hostile Sino-U.S. relationship. That’s the message U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered Thursday at […]

July 10, 2014

Beijing In Lockdown For 25th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Crackdown

Hong Kong (AFP) – Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to remember the dead on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the only major commemoration in China, as authorities clamped tight security on Beijing. The White House called for China’s Communist authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in […]

June 4, 2014

White House: China Should Account For Tiananmen Victims

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — On the 25th anniversary of the crackdown culminating at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the White House on Wednesday called on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators. The tally of dead, injured, jailed, executed and missing […]

June 4, 2014

Malaysia Releases Preliminary Report On MH370

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia on Thursday made public a preliminary report on Flight MH370 and other data that marks its most extensive release of information on the missing airliner to date, nearly two months after its mysterious disappearance. The brief five-page report, which was submitted earlier to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), was […]

May 1, 2014

MH370 Relatives Rage As Malaysia Probes ‘Deleted’ Data

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Angry Chinese relatives tried to gatecrash Malaysia’s tightly controlled daily media briefing on the missing plane Wednesday in chaotic scenes underlining the frustrations surrounding the 12-day search. Shouting and crying, a handful of relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370 unfurled a protest banner, reading: “Give us back our families.” […]

March 19, 2014

Search For Malaysia Airlines Plane Expands Much Farther West

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The search for elusive Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted to waters around India based on suggestions the aircraft may have flown longer and farther than previously thought. After six days of fruitless searches in the Gulf of Thailand, near the original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, […]

March 14, 2014

Chinese Officials Reportedly Shut Some Businesses As Pollution Soars

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China’s capital region remained swathed Monday in a cloud of choking smog, prompting a rise in hospital visits and sales of indoor air purifiers and reports of rare industry shutdowns. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection on Sunday dispatched inspection teams to fine and shut down polluting industries […]

February 24, 2014