U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. Read more »

Round Table: Making the Most of U.S. and Foreign Investment in Egypt

The newest frontier for U.S. and foreign investors in Egypt lies in the development and success of small business enterprises.

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The President Addresses the Nation on a U.S. Counterterrorism Operation in January:

The President addressed the American people this morning regarding a U.S. counterterrorism operation this past January that resulted in the tragic deaths of two hostages.

Watch it here: 

 

Watch President Obama's statement on the deaths of Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. http://t.co/Q45dNddEUs

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 23, 2015

 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also released the following statement

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Round-Up: Editorial Boards From Around the Country Respond to the 47 Republican Senators

Earlier this week, 47 Republican Senators sent a letter to Iran’s leaders that was expressly designed to undercut the President in the midst of sensitive international negotiations. This letter ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to ... Read more »

The White House Names Dr. DJ Patil as the First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Today, I am excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist here at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talen... Read more »

President Obama Heads to Beijing, Kicking Off Trip to Asia and Australia

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One to a red carpet welcome on arrival at Capital International Airport in Beijing

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One to a red carpet welcome on arrival at Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Nov. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Over the weekend, President Obama headed to Beijing to kick off his sixth trip to Asia as President -- and his second trip to Asia this year.

The trip -- which will also include stops in Burma and Australia -- will underscore the President's deep commitment to his Asia rebalancing strategy, and will reiterate his firm belief that America's trade and investment ties to Asia are critical to our future economic growth and the creation of American jobs.

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The Rise of Lithuanian LNG: A Long-term Opportunity for the U.S.

Lithuania officially made its debut in the global LNG market with the arrival of its floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Independence on Monday, October 27, 2014. The welcome ceremony in Klaipeda was attended by the Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius as well as foreign dignitaries, including the Estonian Foreign Trade and Entreprenuership Minister Anne Sulling and […]

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Meet the U.S. Military Team That’s Poised to Help Respond to Ebola in the U.S.

The Department of Defense (DOD), at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced this weekend that U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is providing a 30-person medical support team to quickly, effectively, and safely respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.

USNORTHCOM is the military's geographic command responsible for homeland defense, civil support, and security cooperation. It is prepared to support this request and be part of a multi-disciplinary team that, if directed, will give our nation another layer of support providing the highest quality and safest care in responding to any future Ebola cases in the homeland. 

This team is a deliberate infusion of some of the best medical personnel across all of our nation's military services. They will stand ready to help civilian medical professionals develop additional capabilities. Following infectious disease protocols and properly using personal protective equipment is essential to success. This DOD team will be prepared to help civilian agencies quickly develop the expertise that will keep their staff safe and prevent the spread of disease.

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Join a Twitter Q&A on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

President Barack Obama takes the stage to deliver remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Update: Ned Price, Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications, will be answering questions on @NSCPress.

Over the past couple of weeks, there's been a lot of activity in Washington focused around strengthening our economic and diplomatic ties with Africa. Last week, President Obama took part in a town hall for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which is part of the President's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). And this week, the President hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which brought 50 African leaders to Washington, making it the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

During the summit, the President highlighted Africa's impressive economic growth, and made clear that America will be a partner in its success -- "a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term." He also announced a series of steps that the United States is taking to boost trade and investments with Africa -- commitments from the private and public sectors which total some $33 billion.

This is an important step for both the United States and Africa -- and we want to spend a little more time talking about it with you this week. So Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications Ned Price is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Tomorrow, August 7 at 2 p.m. ET, join Ned Price and the ONE Campaign for a Twitter Q&A on YALI and this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

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Karachi Airport Attack Shines Light on Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

On the evening of Sunday, June 8th 2014, 10 terrorists allegedly from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) infiltrated Pakistan’s largest and busiest airport.   The terrorists attacked the Jinnah International Airport in the sprawling, seaport city of Karachi.  The setting of the attack was the airport’s old terminal which is used for cargo and military […]

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