Clinton calls for deeper US-China partnership
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called in Beijing on Saturday for a deeper partnership between the United States and China, with co-operation on economy and climate change two of the most urgent tasks.
"As we start the new administration of President Obama, we want to deepen and broaden our relationship," Clinton told Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
"We believe we have established a solid foundation but there is much work to be done.
"And it is in our view imperative that the United States and China cooperate on a range of issues from the economy to global climate change to development and so much else."
Yang expressed similar sentiments, saying China was looking forward to working with the United States, but he did not go into specifics in his introductory remarks in front of the media.
"The Chinese government highly values the China-US relationship," Yang said.
"We have always believed that the world's biggest developing country and biggest developed country... should and can establish a long-term relationship that enjoys sound and steady growth."
Clinton, on the final leg of a week-long Asian trip, was due to meet President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao later on Saturday.
The Padma bridge across the river of the same name in Bangladesh will be inaugurated by Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina today. According to reports by local news outlet The Daily Star, 'thousands have started joining a mammoth rally since early morning...' and the gathering wears a 'festive look... with colourful banners... singing songs and dancing'. Around 3,000 eminent people have been invited to the inauguration, the Daily Star report said.
Tech giant Google on Saturday honoured Holocaust victim Anne Frank and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the publication of her memoir, 'The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank' by a doodle video. The doodle shows real excerpts from her diary, which describes what she and her friends and family experienced in hiding for over two years from the Nazi rule. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Pakistan's higher education commission has now suggested a novel way to cut expenditure on the import of tea. The HEC says the move will not only increase employment, but also generate income for the public amid the ongoing economic crisis in the country. One of the suggested measures include promoting local tea plantations and also locally manufactured and healthy drinks like 'lassi' and 'sattu'. Pakistan is facing a severe economic crisis in recent times.
The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. “I trust that with this ruling it will be possible to abolish abortion in the United States and throughout the world,” said anti-abortion president of Fundacion Vida SV, campaigner Sara Larin.
Democratic leaders across the nation vowed Friday to help women who travel to seek abortions and to shield patients and medical professionals from being pursued by authorities in states where the procedure becomes outlawed after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. On the West Coast, the Democratic governors of California, Washington and Oregon issued a joint “multi-state commitment,” saying they will work together to defend patients and care providers.