August 4, 2007

News Round

Weekly News deemed pertinent to American Interests

China continues to modernise and increase defense

Chinese President Hu Jintao has told his military that it will have higher budgets as the country enjoys double-digit economic growth. Speaking Wednesday on the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, the Chinese leader promised to build the military into a modern, high-tech fighting force.

Links: China exudes military confidence , China courts high-tech talent for military drive

Condoleezza Rice in new Middle East peace drive

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Thursday wrapped up her about 24-hour trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, ending the mission, as what she had put, to take advantage of "mutual opportunities" to advance the two-state solution. She also pressed Israel to begin tackling the age old issues about settlements...

As a way of bolstering the Fatah leadership, headed by Mahmoud Abbas the U.S. Secretary of State has signed an agreement giving the Palestinian Authority $80 million to reform their security services.

Links: U.S. in $80m Palestinian aid deal , U.S. urges Israel, Abbas to tackle issues

Bush, Brown meeting

Gordon Brown presented a united front Monday in his meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush at Camp David, but while the British Prime Minister spoke of “duties and responsibilities” in Iraq, he declared Afghanistan as the front line in the war on terror. But analysts noted their first meeting since Brown became prime minister last month offered hints the new British leader is less aligned with Bush than Brown’s predecessor, Tony Blair.

Links: Bush and Brown stress unity , Bush, Brown flaunt unity , A deeper strategic shift in tackling terrorism is emerging

Russian Sub plants arctic flag

Following up on my post dated July 25, Russia wants North Pole, the russian submersible reached the bottom of the Arctic Ocean in its mission to symbolically claim the resource-rich region by planting a flag on the seabed. That's one small sub for man, one giant dive for Russiankind. Russians equate this first — reaching to bottom of the top of the world — with the U.S. moon landing in 1969...

Links: Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed , Mineral war begins as Russians plant flag...

Ahmadinejad criticizes U.S. arms deal

Iran's president criticized the U.S. on Friday for its plan to increase weapons sales to several Arab countries and step up military aid to Israel, saying Washington was trying to impose its dominance on the Middle East. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments were sparked by Washington's announcement earlier this week that it would sell advanced weaponry to Persian Gulf nations worth at least $20 billion and provide new 10-year military aid packages to Israel and Egypt.

Said Ahmadinejad, "The Americans are trying to strengthen their relations with countries in the region because they understand such kind of relationship has been weaker, so they want to create divisions between our brothers in the region to impose their own will upon them".

Links: U.S. readies major Middle East arms deals

Phoenix nears launch

The space probe Phoenix will soon launch on its 9-month journey to Mars ... click here to see my earlier post.

Bush to hold world climate change talks

US President George W Bush has invited representatives of the world's leading industrialised nations to Washington next month for talks on climate change.

Links: Bush planning summit , Bush sets emmissions summit


Debbie said...

I'm very concerned about China for many reasons. Their military, their exports, their treatment of humans and animals,...

They deserve very close watch.

American Interests said...

Thanks for coming by Debbie. China's growth in many quarters continues unabated; one wonders what it will mean for the world in around 25 years...