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US cannot accept China military power: state media

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

BEIJING, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – China will eventually have a military powerful enough to compete with the United States, state media said Friday ahead of the visit of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.


The claim in a newspaper editorial followed reports that China had completed a prototype of a stealth fighter and after a top US military official said Beijing was stepping up efforts to deploy a “carrier-killer” missile system.


“Whether the reported new weapons are true or not, in the long run, China will own first-class weapons that are capable of competing with the US war machine,” said the Global Times, known for its nationalist tone.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York, January 6, 2011. AFP

Gates arrives in China on Sunday to smooth over tense defence relations between the two countries — one year after Beijing cut military ties with Washington in protest against US arms sales to rival Taiwan.


“Apparently, the US is not ready to treat China as a major power. They cannot accept the fact that China will sooner or later possess a first-class military,” the editorial said.


“They are too used to the old power structure, in which China and other developing countries have long been treated unfairly.”


In an interview last week with a Japanese newspaper, the head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard said China was pushing development of “carrier-killers” and aimed to project its influence beyond its regional waters.


US military analysts have warned China is developing an anti-ship ballistic missile — a new version of its Dongfeng 21 missile — that could pierce the defences of even the most sturdy US naval vessels and has a range far beyond Chinese waters.


Whereas Gates’s Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie has said that China will push forward with modernisation of its military thanks to a booming economy, the United States is facing major cuts.


Citing “dire” fiscal pressures, Gates on Thursday proposed deeper cuts than planned in US military programmes, scaling back ground forces for the first time since the 1990s.


Gates, in a compromise with the White House, said the 78 billion dollars in cuts and other measures would result in a slower pace of growth in defence budgets over the next five years, despite earlier plans to keep spending at a higher rate.


China has long described its military build-up as “defensive” in nature but top armed forces officials have recently made increasingly strong statements about its quest for a powerful military. 

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Lebanese PM urges Iraqis to accept Saudi invitation

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

In U-turn, some survivors accept KRouge sentence

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

PHNOM PENH, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – A group of rare survivors of the Khmer Rouge’s main prison said Thursday they accepted the sentence handed to their former jailer Duch, having initially criticised it as too lenient.


Duch, whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav, was sentenced to 30 years in jail by a UN-backed court last month for crimes against humanity over the mass murder of 15,000 men, women and children at Tuol Sleng prison.


Many survivors and relatives of victims were dismayed by the sentence, which also took into account the years Duch has served since his arrest in 1999, meaning that he could walk free in about 19 years.


But three prominent survivors, who had demanded Duch be sentenced to life in jail, changed their minds on Thursday after receiving copies of the court ruling during a ceremony at the former prison.


They raised the verdict books into the air and told the souls of those killed there: “This is justice that we have been waiting for.”


“I am very pleased after receiving copies of the verdict book from the court,” said Bou Meng, one of a handful of inmates who survived Tuol Sleng.


“The verdict is not 100 percent perfect, but it is acceptable,” he said.


Fellow survivor Chum Mey told reporters that he had changed his mind after taking into account the court’s independence and its efforts to seek justice for the victims.

Cambodian chief of the public affairs section of the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Reach Sambath (R), survivors of the infamous Tuol Sleng prison, Vann Nath (2R) Chum Mey (2 L) and Bou Meng (L) hold books about the verdict on former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch at Tuol Sleng on August 12, 2010. AFP

“This is a historic verdict for the young generation,” said Chum Mey, who suffered 12 days of beatings at Tuol Sleng until he falsely confessed to spying on the regime.


The court has printed thousands of copies of the 450-page verdict to be distributed to the Cambodian people, according to a spokesman for the tribunal.


Duch, 67, was the first Khmer Rouge cadre to face an international tribunal.


He was initially handed 35 years but the court reduced the jail sentence on the grounds that he had been detained illegally for years before the UN-backed tribunal was established. His lawyer has said he plans to appeal.


Led by “Brother Number One” Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for one of the worst horrors of the 20th century, wiping out nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population through starvation, overwork and execution.

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Obama lands in Norway to accept peace prize

In World on December 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

US President Barack Obama landed in Norway on Thursday to accept his Nobel Peace Prize, amid controversy over his role as a “war president” and widespread doubts about whether he deserves the honor.


Obama touched down after an overnight flight from Washington on Air Force One, ahead of a day of ceremonies marking the surprise decision by the Nobel committee to honor the first-year president.


Norway was rolling out its biggest ever security operation to protect Obama, who aides said would address the apparent paradox in being honored as a man of peace days after ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.








Police guard the main entrance of the Grand Hotel in Oslo where US President Barack Obama will stay during his visit to Oslo

Two military choppers circled above the hotel where Obama will stay while others flew over the city centre as part of an operation costing the government around 92 million kroner (10.9 million euros, 16 million dollars) — more than 10 times the prize money awarded to the Peace Prize laureate.


Barricades were placed along the sidewalks of Oslo‘s main avenues, between 2,000 and 2,500 police officers have been mobilised, the Schengen-member country reinstated border controls and anti-aircraft missiles were deployed near the airport and around Oslo to ensure the president’s security.


The beefed-up protection was however not necessarily reflective of support for the choice of Obama as the 2009 Peace Prize laureate.


A controversial choice as soon as it was announced on October 9 because of US engagement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama’s decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, announced only nine days before Thursday’s Nobel prize ceremony, raised eyebrows further.Related article: Obama to address Afghan war paradox


Obama will dwell on the sombre paradox of waging war in Afghanistan even as he is lauded as a man of peace when he accepts his prize, White House director of speechwriting Jon Favreau told AFP.


After less than a year in power, with few defining foreign policy wins and with his once soaring popularity fading at home, Obama faces a sensitive political assignment during a day of solemn ceremonies in Oslo.


Favreau said Obama would speak solemnly about the odd coincidence of accepting the revered prize a week after ordering 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in a major war escalation.


“The president is receiving a peace prize as the commander-in-chief of a nation that is in two wars,” acknowledged Favreau, one of two White House speechwriters working on the text with Obama.


With many critics suggesting that Obama’s resume is too thin to stand scrutiny with other Nobel peace laureates, the president will also seek to deflect attention from himself, aides said.


“He sees this as less of a recognition of his own accomplishments and more of an affirmation of a desire for American leadership in the 21st century,” Favreau said.


Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told public radio NRK this week that most US presidents face conflicts and wars — but the new mood in US foreign policy justified Obama’s elevation.


Obama will be in Oslo for just over 24 hours to pick up the award that adds him to a list of laureates including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Aung San Suu Kyi.


Events related to the formal Nobel Peace Prize ceremony normally run over three days, but the president has shortened his visit and excluded the traditional lunch with the king and a Friday night concert in his honour.


There will also be no day-before press conference or lengthy CNN sit-down interview laureates usually grant — enabling him to avoid potentially embarrassing questions.


Obama will however watch the traditional torchlight procession on Thursday evening from the balcony of the Grand Hotel, where bullet-proof glass has been installed.

The other Nobel laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, economics and literature will meanwhile receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Stockholm on Thursday.


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