HONOLULU - The U.S. and Chinese militaries have finished two days of talks on maritime security, the first such discussions since China broke off military contact to protest the U.S. sale of arms to Taiwan. AC = 1234 --> The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement Friday the Honolulu meeting was aimed at increasing the safety of airmen and sailors. The U.S. has promoted bilateral contacts to help the two powers understand one another better and avoid miscalculation. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Randolph Alles led the U.S. delegation. Rear Adm. Liao Shining of the People's Liberation Army Navy led the Chinese side.
EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Thursday accused the militant group Syria and its allies Iran and Syria of attempting to endanger Lebanon's stability and undermine its independence. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice singled out Syria for displaying "flagrant disregard" for Lebanon's sovereignty and political independence, citing its provision of increasingly sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah and other militias in violation of a U.N. resolution and issuance