Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei issued a public invitation Friday to US authorities to investigate the company to dispel what it says are mistaken fears that it is a threat to American national security.
With China becoming Australia's largest trading partner and being the second largest economy in the world, Australia seems a bit difficult to keep balanced relations with both traditional ties of Washington and the new business partners in Beijing.
Apple Inc says its audits found labor, safety and other abuses by its suppliers in 2010, though it praised Taiwan manufacturer Foxconn for saving lives through its handling of a spate of suicides at its factories in China.
A former official with BP's drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico resigned just months before last year's oil spill because of disagreements with the oil giant over its commitment to safety, according to a class-action federal lawsuit related to the spill.
As unemployment numbers have soared in the United States, China-bashing has become legitimate in the eyes of some politicians who claim the "undervalued" yuan gives Chinese exports an unfair advantage.
US President Barack Obama will offer a 2012 budget plan on Monday that aims to slash $1.1 trillion from the US deficit over 10 years, launching a fight on fiscal priorities with Republicans who want even deeper spending cuts.