- - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

INDIA

China’s focus irks India

NEW DELHI | India expressed concerns on Tuesday about China’s influence in the Indian Ocean, the latest sign of tension between the Asian giants who are competing for resources and geopolitical power in the region.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna’s comments to the parliament follows a row between the two countries over China’s denial of a visa to an Indian army general that angered New Delhi and clouded their slowly improving military ties.


“The government of India has come to realize that China has been showing more than the normal interest in Indian Ocean affairs,” Mr. Krishna told lawmakers. “We are closely monitoring the Chinese intentions. We are closely monitoring the developments in the Indian Ocean.”

India worries that China’s military is seeking to extend influence over countries such as Sri Lanka that New Delhi traditionally has counted within its sphere of influence.

BRITAIN

Blair deeply regrets Iraqi war losses

LONDON | Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was “desperately sorry” over the deaths in the Iraq war, in extracts from his memoirs released Tuesday.

Mr. Blair said he was “sorry for the lives cut short,” but still maintained it was right to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power, according to “A Journey,” his account of his decade in office.

Mr. Blair said he still felt a sense of “anguish” for the relatives of those killed in the conflict.

“The anguish arises from a sense of sadness that goes beyond conventional description or the stab of compassion you feel on hearing tragic news,” he wrote.

Mr. Blair also had some cutting remarks for his successor, saying former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has “zero emotional intelligence” and was fated to lose the 2010 general election after 13 years of Labor Party rule.

JAPAN

Politics keeps base dispute in limbo

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