Obama welcomes China's Xi with tough talk on rights, cyber-theft

US President Barack Obama welcomed China's Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday with pointed remarks about human rights, cyber espionage and Beijing's territorial ambitions.

Xi arrived at the White House to a 21-gun salute and full ceremonial military honors, underlining the importance of the state visit, but Obama did not pull any punches.

Washington and Beijing are at loggerheads over spying and China's claims in the South China Sea, but the relationship underpins the entire global economy.


TNLA and Myanmar Army clashes continue

Despite efforts to bring in the National Ceasefire Agreement and bring peace to Myanmar, clashes are continuing between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar Army in northern Shan State, reports Burma News International on September 24.

About 18 clashes have taken place between the TNLA troops and government troops, in the areas of Kutkai, Nangsang, and Kyaukme, according to the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta'ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) News and Information Department.

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