Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Beijing but the visit is being overshadowed by China's confrontation with Japan over disputed islands. During a meeting with Panetta, China's defense minister said it reserves the right to use force against Japan, though he hopes the dispute can be solved through negotiation.
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for not taking a harder line against China. On Monday, the White House announced a new trade complaint over what the administration calls China's unfair subsidies for auto parts. The news came as Obama campaigned in Ohio, where auto parts are big business.
Tunisian authorities have condemned the attacks on the American embassy and an American school. Many people were surprised that Tunisia was involved in the violence following a film mocking the prophet Mohammed which was made in the United States. Critics say the violence is a wake-up call for the Tunisian government.
NATO says it's scaling back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks. So far, about 51 international troops have died in such attacks. The U.S.-led coalition's key goal is to get Afghan forces ready to take over security from foreign forces by the end of 2014.
Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. But the domination by brewers such as Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin is ebbing. And some longtime sake makers are now devoting part of their breweries to beer.
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