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Yin to Obama's yang, Huntsman eyes presidential run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republican Jon Huntsman headed to China as ambassador nearly two years ago he praised his new boss, U.S. President Barack Obama, as

Fear and swagger drive China's clampdown on dissent

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shifted its clampdown on dissent up a gear with the detention of a world-renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, revealing a government at once insecure about its grip on power and yet unruffled by Western criticism of its heavy-handed rule.

N.Korea assembly meets, new post likely for leader's son

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's rubber-stamp assembly will meet on Thursday amid reports that leader Kim Jong-il's son will likely be given a key post in the powerful National Defence Commission to further consolidate his position as leader-in-waiting.

China pumps up Cambodia economy, but at what cost?

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Ly Mom has been driven out of her lifelong home in Cambodia's fast-growing capital. Like thousands of other Cambodians forcibly evicted by the authorities, she is homeless, jobless and angry.

FACTBOX - Key political risks to watch in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's rapid economic growth has subdued discontent at home and magnified its international influence, but is also creating strains that have been recently reinforced by jitters about the upheavals in the Middle East.

China says U.S. must stop Taiwan arms sales

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States will put improved relations with Beijing at risk if it does not stop selling arms to Taiwan, China's Foreign Minister said on Monday.

ANALYSIS - China's succession pressures stoke security overdrive

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has embarked on a tough security drive aimed at extinguishing threats before a leadership succession, placing iron control at home well ahead of any worry about foreign criticism.

South Korea urges North Korea to hold talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president on Tuesday urged North Korea to return to talks but chances of dialogue appear slim as tensions rise again on the divided peninsula.

South Korea urges North Korea to hold talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president on Tuesday urged North Korea to return to talks but the chances looked slim as he stopped short of dropping his demand for the North to take responsibility for attacks last year.

South Korea urges North Korea to hold talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president on Tuesday urged North Korea to return to talks but chances of dialogue appear slim as tensions rise again on the divided peninsula.