February 2008

Rice Urges Serbia to Accept Kosovo's Independence

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday said she hopes Serbia will accept a resolution of Kosovo's status and move forward to fuller integration with Europe. Kosovo, a Serbian province administered by the United Nations since 1999, is expected to declare independence within days. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

Europe Ready to Recognize Kosovo's Independence

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

Finland's Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva said Monday most European Union member countries are prepared to recognize Kosovo's independence from Serbia. VOA's Barry Wood reports Kanerva is in Washington meeting with U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Serbia: Kosovo breakaway 'illegal'

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

Serbian government officials said Thursday an independent Kosovo would be an illegal "false state" that will never be recognized by Serbia.

China: Spielberg's Olympic Pull-Out Highlights Foreigners' Responsibilities

Wed, 02/13/2008 - 11:00

The decision by the film director Steven Spielberg to step down as artistic consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games should prompt other influential outsiders to press China to reform, Human Rights Watch said today. Corporate sponsors, governments and National Olympic Committees should urge Beijing to improve human rights conditions in China, Human Rights Watch said.


Tue, 02/12/2008 - 11:00

Last January 12, state security officials arrived at the home of Alimjan Yimit, a Muslim convert, ethnic Uyghur and Christian house church leader in Xinjiang province, northwest China. They detained Alimjan (Uyghurs are known in most cases by a single name), telling family members that the arrest was a “national security issue,” according to China Aid Association (CAA).

DOJ: Chinese Espionage Marks Return to Cold War Threats

Tue, 02/12/2008 - 11:00

There’s nothing like an espionage story to help heat up this freezing Tuesday morning. And today’s top news story has all the elements: sleeper agents, stolen aerospace secrets and Cold War intimations.

Tom Lantos 1928-2008

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) was deeply saddened this morning to learn of the death of Representative Tom Lantos. 

Defense Focus: China's weapons -- Part 4

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

The continuing weakness of China's armaments industry has profound implications for China's diplomacy, grand strategy and choice of conflicts it would be prepared to undertake for many years to come.

Defense Focus: China's weapons -- Part 3

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

The weapons that China wants from Russia -- and that Moscow won't sell Beijing -- provide a remarkable insight into the current transitional state of the Chinese arms industry.

Pentagon official, three others held over China spy charges

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

A US defense official, an ex-Boeing engineer and two others were arrested Monday on charges of spying for China involving sensitive military and aerospace secrets, including the space shuttle.