Philadelphia Orchestra Makes Music and Friends in China

By ShareAmerica Photo - (Jan Regan/Philadelphia Orchestra) China is almost a second home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, at the special request of President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, nearly
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National Zoo Panda Gives Birth to Twins

VOA News Giant panda fans got two tiny pieces of good news Saturday as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington announced the births of a pair of new panda cubs. The zoo announced the surprising second delivery by mother Mei Xiang late Saturday, about five hours after kicking off regionwide excitement with (more...)

China, America, and Our Warming Planet

The following commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry first appeared on the New York Times website on November 12. There are no republication restrictions. China, America, and Our Warming Planet by John Kerry The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, (more...)

Rhino-Horn Smuggling “Boss” Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

A federal judge in New Jersey sentenced Zhifei Li, the owner of an antiques business in China, to nearly six years in prison for heading an illegal wildlife-smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and many objects made from rhino horn or elephant ivory worth more (more...)

Press Conference by Obama, Japanese PM Abe

Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Abe Of Japan In Joint Press Conference Akasaka Palace Tokyo, Japan PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt welcome to President Barack Obama, who is in Japan as our state guest. Barack and (more...)

First Steps Made in Nuclear Scale-Back in Iran

A top U.S. official says a six-nation coalition eager to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran has made notable progress on implementing the early stages of an agreement to achieve that end. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman appeared before the U.S. (more...)

National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cub Makes Public Debut

After nearly five months, the public finally got its first look at Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, on January 18. The female cub was born on August 23, 2013, to Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the resident breeding pair at the zoo (more...)

Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their joint announcement of the extension, Assistant to the President (more...)

Atlanta’s Twin Panda Cubs Mark Their 100th Day with New Names

At long last, Zoo Atlanta's twin giant panda cubs will no longer be known as "Cub A" and "Cub B." At an October 23 celebration marking their 100th day of life, the two young males received the names Mei Lun and Mei Huan, derived from a Chinese idiom meaning (more...)

Antiques Dealer Pleads Guilty to Rhino Horn, Ivory Smuggling

A New York antiques dealer pleaded guilty August 7 in federal court in New York City to a conspiracy to smuggle Asian artifacts made from rhinoceros horns and ivory in violation of wildlife trafficking laws. Qiang Wang, also known as Jeffrey Wang, was arrested in February as part (more...)

World Energy Appetite Seen Growing by 56 Percent by 2040

The world will consume 56 percent more energy in 2040 than it consumed in 2010, according to a projection issued July 25 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “This is good news, this is rising prosperity,” said EIA head Adam Sieminski, as he presented the agency’s findings (more...)

Secretary Lew: Put Job Creation at Heart of Global Recovery

This commentary by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addresses finance ministers and central bank governors. It originally appeared in the Financial Times on July 18. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Put job creation at the heart of the global recovery By Jack Lew The G20 must (more...)

Asiana Airlines Plane Crash-Lands at San Francisco International Airport

On Saturday an Asiana Airlines passenger jet Boeing777 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, according to the media.There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, at least two people were killed. They were Chinese citizens, according to South Korea's Transport Ministry. More than 100 people were hurt, rescue teams took (more...)

Patents, Copyright, Trademarks

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. The innovation and technology-driven information age has pushed the question of intellectual property to the top of the world’s trade agenda. It is an issue with a long pedigree. (more...)

Travelers Visiting U.S. in Growing Numbers

A new forecast suggests continued strong growth in travel and tourism to the United States through 2018, following a record-breaking year in 2012. International travel and tourism spending reached a record $168.1 billion, up 10 percent from 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department said in a June 10 (more...)

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