- - Thursday, August 18, 2011


Biden bonds with his Chinese counterpart

BEIJING | Vice President Joseph R. Biden waxed glowingly about China’s vice president Thursday at the start of a five-day visit that will give them some serious bonding time.

Xi Jinping, the country’s expected future leader, seemed to return the warm feelings, with both men emphasizing the importance of personal ties in international relations and the need for their countries to work together on the world’s problems.

Thursday’s meetings between the two, followed by a formal banquet, began to reveal a bit about the personal style of a man who has so far given little indication of how he will rule the world’s most populous country, the No. 2 economy and a powerful potential rival to the U.S.

In his opening remarks at the Great Hall of the People, Mr. Biden said he was impressed with Mr. Xi’s “sweep and knowledge of history, impressed with your openness and candor,” adding he viewed foreign policy as more than just formal visits.


Sketch shown of suspect in American’s kidnapping

ISLAMABAD | Pakistani police on Thursday released a sketch of a possible suspect in the kidnapping of an American development expert, as public silence from his abductors has added to fears about his fate.

Warren Weinstein, 70, was abducted early Saturday after gunmen tricked his guards and broke into his home in the eastern city of Lahore.

He was the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that advises a range of Pakistani business and government sectors.

The black-and-white sketch released to the media shows a lean young man with short dark hair and a stubbly beard. Police did not name him.

Investigators have been talking to Mr. Weinstein’s guards and driver to reconstruct the scene and get details about the abductors.


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