The festering dispute between China and Japan over five uninhabited islands could spin out of control unless the countries improve their communication with each other, according to a confidential report submitted to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week by a delegation of former U.S. officials.
President Barack Obama ’s 2012 budget proposes to increase spending on the State Department and its global programs by 1 percent, not including $8.7 billion for operations such as the transition in Iraq as U.S. troops pull out.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak accepted his army chief’s offer to leave the post less than three weeks after he replaced the defense minister following a North Korean artillery attack that killed four people.
The defection of Muammar Qaddafi ’s foreign minister shows his regime is disintegrating, said U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron , while the Obama administration called the departure “a significant blow.”
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on seven foreign companies for doing business with Iran’s energy industry in ways that might bolster the country’s “illicit” nuclear activities, the State Department announced today.
China criticized planned military exercises by more than 40,000 Japanese and U.S. troops as an obstacle to easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, and reiterated its call for increased diplomatic efforts.