Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

Monday, 24 March, 2014, 7:49am 3 comments

IMF’s Lagarde hails end to US shutdown

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Photo: EPA

The head of the International Monetary Fund welcomed a last-ditch vote on Wednesday in the US Congress to end a government shutdown and raise the government’s debt ceiling.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde described the decision as “important and necessary” but did not directly allude to fears that a failure to pass the measure would have led the United States into default.

17 Oct 2013 - 11:42am 1 comment

China's decision to not hand over Snowden 'undermined' co-operation, says US

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns speaks at  the US-China strategic and economic dialogue in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

The United States on Thursday reprimanded China for not handing over fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, but the two powers saw progress elsewhere in ties including on reaching an investment treaty.

12 Jul 2013 - 4:11pm 14 comments

Obama warns China against ‘coercion’ at sea

President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama warned China on Thursday against the using force or intimidation in its tense maritime disputes with its neighbours and urged a peaceful resolution.

12 Jul 2013 - 9:53am 7 comments

US suspends Bangladesh trade privileges

A Bangladeshi woman holds a paper with photo of her missing relative as she seeks compensation at a protest this week. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama has announced the suspension of US trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labour rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry’s worst accident.

28 Jun 2013 - 11:41am

Philippines, US hold war games near flashpoint reef

US destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at the former US naval base in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, north of Manila on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A US destroyer will join the Philippine Navy’s flagship for war games starting on Thursday close to a flashpoint area of the South China Sea, adding to tensions with China over rival territorial claims.

27 Jun 2013 - 6:44pm

Trade tour set to make a splash in America

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is among the guest speakers at a New York symposium planned by TDC.

A large number of American firms could set up offices in Hong Kong in the coming year, going by the interest generated in the run-up to the city's largest-ever promotion campaign in the United States.

6 Jun 2013 - 4:15am

Chinese man pleads guilty over bid to export US weapons-grade carbon fibre

A Chinese man pleaded guilty to trying to export weapons-grade carbon fibre to China from the United States, after getting caught in a cyber-sting and packing the material in a plain brown box that prosecutors said was labelled “clothing.

31 May 2013 - 12:30pm

CEO pay in US hit US$9.7m in 2012

Chief executive pay, which fell for two years during the global financial crisis but rose 24 per cent in 2010 and 6 per cent in 2011, has never been higher.

The head of a typical large public company in the United States made US$9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 per cent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

25 May 2013 - 2:53am

US in talks with China, EU to end trade dispute over solar panels

The world's largest economies are trying to stop an escalating dispute over trade in and duties on solar-energy gear. Photo: AFP

The Obama administration is engaged in talks with the European Union and China to settle a dispute over trade in solar-energy equipment and avoid a conflict among the world's largest economies, according to people familiar with the discussions.

22 May 2013 - 5:31am

China joins US in leading fight against climate change, report says

China invested US$65.1 billion in clean energy last year. Photo: AP

The report by the independent Australian-based Climate Commission, The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change, presents an overview of action in the last nine months. It was released on the same day as a fresh round of United Nations talks are slated to start in Bonn on boosting action on climate change - a two-decade-long process that has been dogged by procedural bickering and defence of national interests.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:46am

China supplants US as global leader in clean energy investment, says report

US spending on renewables fell 40pc last year. Photo: Bloomberg

China overtook the United States last year as the global leader in clean energy investment while US spending on renewables fell nearly 40 per cent, according to a report to be released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

"The centre of gravity in the clean energy world has shifted from the United States and Europe to China," it concluded.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

Nine out of 10 Americans can't name a single Chinese brand, says survey

A Lenovo logo seen behind a sculpture at the company's office in Shanghai on 15 January, 2009. (Photo: EPA)

The vast majority - some 94 per cent - of Americans cannot name a single Chinese brand, according to an online survey conducted by a New York-based consultancy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China and US need to co-operate to lessen threat of cyberattacks

Investigators have traced a coordinated cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies to a Chinese Internet Protocol address. Photo: AP

Talk that cyberattacks could bring nations to their knees seemed far-fetched until Wednesday, when major banks and broadcasters in South Korea were paralysed by co-ordinated viruses. ATM machines stopped working and television reporters were left staring at blank screens. A day later, only one of the banks had its systems back online.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am

US, Japan hold senior defence talks in Hawaii

Admiral Samuel Locklear III, the US Pacific Command commander. Photo: AP

The top US military commander in the Pacific is hosting Japan’s most senior uniformed officer for talks on regional security and strengthening the US-Japan alliance.

Adm. Samuel Locklear from US Pacific Command and Japan Self Defence Forces’ joint chief, General Shigeru Iwasaki, are meeting in Hawaii on Thursday and Friday.

22 Mar 2013 - 11:35am