Taiwanese militaryLast month’s decision by the United States to sell $6.4 billion worth of arms and military supplies to Taiwan “will not affect steadily improving ties between Taipei and Beijing,” according to Chiang Pin-kung, Taiwan’s top China negotiator. The deal “should not have any impact on ongoing China talks and the future development of bilateral ties,” he added.

Barney FrankThe annual meeting of the rich and super-rich at Davos, Switzerland, ended January 31 with the usual calls for greater empowerment of the United Nations, and for the working taxpayers of the world to fork over more money to fund more UN programs.

The deaths of three American soldiers in Pakistan February 3 has exposed “Obama’s secret war inside Pakistan," according to theLondon Times February 7. The American soldiers “were killed when their convoy was bombed as it traveled to the re-opening of [a girls] school” by a remote-controlled bomb in Waziristan in northwest Pakistan.

Romanian President Traian Basescu announced on February 4 that  Romania's Supreme Defense Council had approved a U.S. proposal to include Romania in a missile defense system against "potential attacks with ballistic missiles or medium-range rockets."

VOA News reported on February 2 that the Chinese government has expressed anger over a nearly $6.5 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan that was announced in Washington on January 29. The report cited Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu, who warned that the sale will hurt Chinese-American relations andand could lead to what he described as "unwelcome consequences."