China Signals Interest in Playing Bigger Role in Afghanistan

10/31/14 Beijing yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to helping war-torn Afghanistan end decades of bloodshed, and called on the country’s political factions to set aside their differences.

STATEMENT FROM “PIVOTING FOR PEACE IN ASIA/PACIFIC: CHALLENGING U.S. MILITARISIM AND CORPORATE DOMINANCE”

STATEMENT FROM “PIVOTING FOR PEACE IN ASIA/PACIFIC: CHALLENGING U.S. MILITARISIM AND CORPORATE DOMINANCE”

President Obama travels to East Asia this week to reinforce his administration’s military pivot to Asia and the Pacific and to rescue the faltering Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement. On the eve of his trip, sixty leading peace activists, labor and community leaders, and engaged scholars from across New England met to build the U.S. peace and justice movements’ capacities to prevent war and to work for peace in Asia and the Pacific; to create more just economic relations; and to learn how to address the domestic impacts of the Pivot, including increased bias directed against Asian-Americans.

Beijing laying a trap for the Philippines in South China Sea, say experts

Beijing laying a trap for the Philippines in South China Sea, say experts

Beijing is laying a trap for the Philippines in disputed waters, experts say, waiting for an excuse to seize territory in the oil-rich Spratlys

Taiwan stages mass anti-China trade pact rally

Taiwan stages mass anti-China trade pact rally

Protesters numbering over 100,000 demonstrated against a controversial trade pact with Beijing on the streets of Taipei in a blow to President Ma Ying-jeou

Japan scrambles jets against Chinese planes in East China Sea

Japan scrambles jets against Chinese planes in East China Sea

Japan scrambled military jets on Sunday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near Japanese airspace, defence officials said.

Abe to tell Putin of Japan’s trilateral stance with U.S. and EU on Ukraine crisis

Abe to tell Putin of Japan’s trilateral stance with U.S. and EU on Ukraine crisis

rime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday his government will inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of the unified policy adopted by Japan, the United States and the European Union on the Ukraine crisis.

US Poised to Help Modernize TNI as China Sea Simmers

US Poised to Help Modernize TNI as China Sea Simmers

The United States plans to help modernize Indonesia’s military, including provisions for training and equipment, amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea, where China is laying claims to disputed waters.

REALITY CHECK: What the Senkakus issue entails for Washington

REALITY CHECK: What the Senkakus issue entails for Washington

On Sept. 8, 2012, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sat across from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a long, narrow table with plastic bottles of water separated the two sides.

U.S., Japan to raise China ADIZ at U.N. meeting

U.S., Japan to raise China ADIZ at U.N. meeting

The United States and Japan will lobby against China’s recently established air defense identification zone during a U.N. civil aviation conference currently being held in Montreal, Japanese government sources said Wednesday.

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