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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
From London to Washington via Brussels, a diplomatic battle is rumbling as Spain's northeastern Catalonia region vies to win international backing for its contested drive for independence from Madrid.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes a high-profile state visit to the White House this week, but he stops first in Washington state on the west coast to shore up support among skittish allies, especially big business.
Micha Benoliel grew up in France and launched his first technology startup there, but he never forgot the atmosphere of adventure and optimism in San Francisco, where he studied in the early 1990s.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The diplomatic double whammy of back-to-back visits by Pope Francis and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping is creating some pressure-filled days for Deesha Dyer, five months into her tenure as White House social secretary.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had his way by ramming through key legislation that would permit his forces to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
Japan's nationalist leader has rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, but analysts say fierce opposition at home and overseas could make it difficult to actually use the laws.
As mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes his first state visit to Washington this week, the outlook for relations is decidedly murkier than when he hosted President Barack Obama at their last summit less than a year ago.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Unlike the Chinese, the Japanese do not tend to make a big fuss for something unimportant. The Confucian Chinese love to argue for the rectification of names, which, in fact, is much ado about nothing, but the not so equally Confucian Japanese are much more practical.
The EU's founding father Jean Monnet wrote in his memoirs that "Europe will be forged in crises" -- but a recent storm of troubles risks tearing the continent apart instead of bringing it together.
The month of August was overshadowed by news of economic woes in China. There was a meltdown in the Chinese stock market, the growth figure was a low 7 percent, way below the historical rates of above 10 percent for two decades, and China was forced to devalue its currency to jumpstart exports.
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