Another Guilty Plea in Navy Corruption Ring

SAN DIEGO (CN) – A retired Navy lieutenant commander pleaded guilty to federal charges of overcharging the Navy for port services for U.S. ships and using some of the money “to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment,” federal prosecutors said. Edmond A. Aruffo, 45, who retired in 2007, is the seventh defendant…

China tells U.S. to mind it’s own business

US must ‘get used to China’s rise’ (China Daily)    07:38, May 22, 2014 Washington’s engagement in territorial issues ‘complicates problems’ Chinese and Western observers seemed to reach a consensus on Wednesday over President Xi Jinping’s proposal to establish a new framework for security cooperation in Asia, and he also sent a veiled warning to Washington. “To…

China boosts defence budget by 12.2 pc after warning military will respond if provoked

UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 10:42am Agence France-Presse in Beijing Delegates from the People’s Liberation Army arrive for parliamentary talks in Beijing. Photo: AP China will raise its official defence budget by 12.2 per cent this year, the finance ministry announced Wednesday, a day after warning that its military would respond if ‘provoked’ by…

Some unimpressed with ‘Caroline Kennedy fever’

– What, it asks, has Caroline done two months into her tenure? Played much and worked little, is its verdict. – Was that a time, the weekly asks, for the U.S. ambassador to indulge in private sightseeing? As it happened, it adds, the embassy’s No. 2 official was away that day too – skiing –…

Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into Hong Kong amid booming demand for drugs / ‘unholy alliance’ between notorious Sinaloa cartel and local triads

EEV CONNECTION – US government had a deal with Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa that allowed the group to smuggle billion of dollars of drugs in return for information on its rival cartels ( Link ) . If confirmed, corruption is now endemic at the highest levels of Government Fears of ‘unholy alliance’ between notorious Sinaloa cartel…

Japan’s population falls by record 244,000 in 2013

National Jan. 02, 2014 – 06:20AM JST Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday, highlighting concerns over an ever-dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensionersAFP TOKYO — Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday,…

China tells Japan it would ‘consider cancelling air zone in 44 years’

UPDATED : Thursday, 28 November, 2013, 6:04pm Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence, briefs reporters at a recent Beijing news conference. Photo: CNS China’s defence ministry on Thursday hit back forcefully at Japan’s objections to its newly-established Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that covers…