Voice of America reported on December 1 that the Chinese government has urged all sides (the United States and both Koreas) to exercise “restraint” as the U.S. and South Korean governments engage in talks to plan another major naval exercise to take place as early as this month.

World AIDS Day 2010 passed here in Islamabad, Pakistan, without any particular notable activity or pledge to renew the fight against AIDS. There was only a minor activity organized by the National Aids Control Program chaired by the Minister for Health in a local hotel.

More than 40,000 Pakistani nationals are in the United Kingdom on student visas that have been expired for several years, despite the fact that the Pakistanis are working at various outlets to earn a livelihood instead of studying to gain a degree.

As government representatives from the United States, South Korea, and Japan announce that they will meet in Washington, D.C., in early December to discuss North Korea following its attack on South Korea, the recent WikiLeaks release of classified U.S. diplomatic cables has shed new information on the world’s sole remaining Stalinist state.

KoreaNorth Korea bombarded a South Korean island with a barrage of as many as 170 shells in the early morning hours of November 23. “I believe we should punish them severely to a point where they will never think of another attack,” the South Korean-based newspaper Chosunilbo quoted South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as responding in a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting after the attack. Lee's remarks were more restrained on his official presidential website, where he pledged to “retaliate against any additional acts of provocation in a resolute manner.”