As China seeks to assert itself in Asia, President Barack Obama visited Australia to announce deeper ties between the nations' militaries, including a new Marine base for the United States. The move was seen as a counter-balance against China's growing presence.
The US created a multimillion dollar space for people under 30 in Jakarta's upscale Pacific Place mall in an effort to extend its influence in Indonesia.
Gary Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as ambassador to China, and some Chinese are hopeful he can bridge cultures.
Saudi Arabia says that it wants OPEC to increase oil production to keep the price of oil down. Some think that high oil prices could, in fact, threaten the global economy.
After President Obama's speech on Middle East Policy that pressed for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had what could have been a rocky DC trip.