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How the world has changed: The decision by China's central bank to raise key interest rates by one-quarter of a percentage point has sparked a worldwide sell-off in stocks, commodities and emerging-markets currencies. Investors have lowered expectations for Chinese growth, which many see as a driver of the global economy.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie last week at the ASEAN defense ministers conference. Although the specifics of their agenda were unknown, China's aggression and arrogance this year means there should have been no lack of talking points. Certainly, China's unprecedented military buildup along with its illegal claims to the South China Sea should have been addressed head-on. However, it appears the main focus was on getting the Chinese to resume military-to-military relations and extending an invitation for Mr. Gates to visit Beijing in 2011.
FIFA said it will examine evidence from a British newspaper alleging that two executive committee members offered to sell their votes on World Cup hosts.
The diplomatic dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands has died down, but the incident involving a detained fishing boat captain has raised new fears within the U.S. government over China's use of economic warfare, namely, its control over exports of rare-earth minerals needed for high-technology manufacturing.
China worked to calm nerves Tuesday among Asian neighbors jittery over its recent attempts to assert greater control over disputed waters, while its rival Washington stressed its national interest in keeping those seas free for commerce.
In response to John J. Tkacik Jr.'s claim that "the Senkakus have been Japanese for more than 130 years," ("China tests U.S.-Japan alliance," Opinion, Oct. 6) I would like to set the record straight in two respects.
China worked to calm nerves Tuesday among Asian neighbors jittery over its recent attempts to assert greater control over disputed waters, while the United States, China's rival, stressed its national interest in keeping those seas free for commerce.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Monday gently chided Vietnam for its blemished human rights record but marveled at the friendly ties the United States has built with Vietnam a generation after the Vietnam War.
Qualifying for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix was postponed until Sunday morning due to heavy rain that lashed the Suzuka circuit Saturday.