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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mahli Gomes
Former President Jimmy Carter was preparing to leave for North Korea on Tuesday to try to gain the freedom of an American imprisoned for illegally entering the communist nation, U.S. officials said Monday night.
North Korea said Friday an American imprisoned for illegally entering the reclusive country has tried to kill himself.
North Korea threatened Thursday to increase punishment for an American who was sentenced to hard labor for illegally entering the country, citing what it called a hostile U.S. policy toward it.
Six people were executed as China prepared to mark a global anti-drug day, state press said Friday.
"I am sure they will be concerned," she said. "Who wouldn't be?"