The U.S. sent an aircraft carrier for military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in a show of strength after North Korea fired artillery onto South Korean territory for the first time in half a century.
Hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned North Korea about avoiding “provocation,” Pyongyang launched a rocket and underscored the recurring U.S. failure to contain the erratic Asian country.
A U.S. decision to use a nuclear- powered aircraft carrier in joint naval drills with South Korea in the Yellow Sea would be “a fresh provocation” to China and its surrounding region, Rear Admiral Yang Yi wrote in a commentary published in today’s China Daily newspaper.
By Keith B. Richburg July 23 (Washington Post) -- BEIJING -- Hundreds of firefighters and civilian volunteers used bare hands, chopsticks and plastic garbage bags Thursday to wage a low-tech battle against a giant oil slick spreading off China's northeastern coast. The slick, near the oil port of Dalian, in Liaoning province, was caused when two pipelines exploded last Friday as crude was being unloaded from a Libyan tanker. Government officials said the accident released about 1,500 tons -- or 400,000 gallons -- of oil into the Yellow Sea, where the slick now covers up to 170 square miles, according to news reports, making it China's largest recorded spill. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is estimated in the tens of millions of gallons. "I used small wood planks to scoop up the oil and put it into big plastic garbage bags," said Liu Jia, a worker at the Dalian beach resort. "Some of my colleagues used chopsticks. . .
China declared its “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea and held naval drills in the waters, pushing back against a U.S. role in resolving disputes in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.