What I find fascinating about these headlines is a revealing that the military is feeling the pressure, especially to give medals out for drone strikes.  Also, really keep your eye on those countries that are visiting China!  And I had to laugh when I saw that the US is defending Japan from North Korea (which is basically Japan’s connection btw).  In my opinion, the US is the last “defender” of Japan…look at the governments history.-A.M.

extra extra newspaperPentagon calls off new medal for drone, cyber warriors
Washington (AFP) April 15, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday cancelled a new combat medal for US troops who launch drone strikes or cyber attacks after a torrent of criticism from veterans and lawmakers. Hagel opted to scrap the new “Distinguished Warfare Medal” for a pin or device that could be added to existing medals to recognize service members operating unmanned aircraft or cyber weapons, Hagel said in a st … more

China and Iceland seal free trade agreement
Beijing (AFP) April 15, 2013 – Iceland became the first European country to sign a free trade agreement with China on Monday, as Beijing looks to gain a foothold in the strategic Arctic region. The deal is expected to expand trade between the world’s second-largest economy and the north Atlantic state, which suffered an economic meltdown in 2008. The agreement was signed during a visit to Beijing by Icelandic Prime Mi … more

Hollande to visit China: Beijing
Beijing (AFP) April 15, 2013 – French President Francois Hollande will make a state visit to China next week, Beijing said Monday, his first to the world’s number two economy. The trip also represents the first by a leader of a major Western power since China installed its new President Xi Jinping last month. “Both sides will exchange views on China-France relations, China-EU relations and international and regional i … more

US ‘committed’ to defend Japan from N.Korea threats
Tokyo (AFP) April 14, 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry told Japan Sunday the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats, after securing a commitment from China to rein in the unpredictable regime. After a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, where Patriot missiles have been deployed in anticipation of a missile launch by the North, Kerry pledged the US would backstop its a … more

China, US to work together to defuse N. Korea tensions
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Japan on Sunday after China and the United States vowed to work together to try to defuse nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. After an intense day of diplomacy Saturday in Beijing, Kerry warned Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping that the stakes were high as China’s erratic ally North Korea threatens a missile launch that would exte … more