Japan and South Korea should take the lead in improving relations and the U.S. will do whatever it can to help defuse tensions between its two main Asian allies, Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy said.
China’s Communist leader Xi Jinping, already emerging more powerful than his predecessor, has fresh impetus to tighten his hold on domestic security after an outcry over a knife attack on civilians three days ago.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped up a war of words with China, alleging an international campaign to taint Japan’s image by focusing on past militarism rather than decades of peace since World War II.
A bus full of South Koreans was hit by a bomb yesterday near Egypt’s border with Israel, killing four people, in a sign militants may be expanding a deadly campaign against security forces to the tourism industry.
Thai police began dismantling Bangkok demonstration sites that were abandoned by anti- government groups, whose numbers have dwindled since beginning a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in October.
US Airways Group Inc. rose to the highest close since federal antitrust regulators sued to block the planned merger with AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, a sign of investor optimism that the deal will occur.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said increased military spending in Asia threatens the region’s economic growth and called on countries to curb defense outlays at a time of heightened tension between his country and China.
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said he is “deeply concerned” that the trial this month of human-rights lawyer and activist Xu Zhiyong is retribution for his efforts to expose government corruption.