- Petraeus in profile: the man who could be president
Former commander of allied forces in Iraq is seen by some as future Republican candidate for White HouseGeneral David Petraeus has achieved the status of hero in the US, mainly because of his performance in Iraq, which helped build a reputation that could eventually propel him into the White House.There was speculation, given the failure of the existing bunch of Republican candidates to generate much excitement, that Petraeus might stand against Barack Obama next year. That was always unlikely. But he would be a formidable candidate in 2016, and the CIA job will help him, broadening out his experience beyond the military.Petraeus has denied that he has political ambitions, but on trips back from Iraq and now Afghanistan, he behaves as if he is preparing the ground. He makes speeches at thinktanks and is not shy of interviews, unlike many of his military comrades.His career might have ended in 1991 when he was shot in the chest during an exercise in the US, after a soldier tripped and discharged his rifle. The incident added to Petraeus's reputation; he was released early, after demonstrating to doctors he was fit enough by doing 50 push-ups within days of the shooting.Some former CIA staff have criticised his appointment, arguing that the next director needs to be from within the intelligence community. But Petraeus has long argued in favour of better intelligence within the military. As head of US central command before moving to Afghanistan last year, he signed an order to broaden the scope of surveillance and other undercover work in the Middle East, central Asia and the Horn of Africa. That marked a shift away from conventional warfare, a recognition the main threat to US interests is posed by insurgents, not states.There is often friction between military intellige 元司令官はイラクでの軍は、最終的に彼を推進することが評判を構築する助けイラクでの彼のパフォーマンスは、主のために、米国では主人公のステータスを達成しているホワイトHouseGeneralデビッドペトレイアスためのいくつかの将来の共和党候補で見られている同盟ホワイトHouse.Thereはペトレイアスは来年バラクオバマに立ち向かうことがあります多くの興奮を生成するために共和党の候補者の既存の束の障害を考えると、投機だった
- China's GDP grows 11.9% in Q1, fueling overheating fears (3)
Li attributed the rise in CPI to the relatively low comparison basis of the first quarter of 2009 and the freezing winter, which brought dramatic rises in food prices.
Li also noted that other factors -- rising international commodity prices, domestic producer prices and industrial costs -- had also started to push up the CPI.
Zhu Baoliang, chief economist at the State Information Center, said the government might find it difficult to achieve the 3-percent limit, but it could easily hold t ... 李は指。李も
- Cold snap may push up intl apple prices
A marked drop in the supply of apples in northern China, caused by an unusual cold snap this week, may push up the prices of apples and fruit juice on the international market, industry observers said Saturday.
In Shaanxi Province, the country's largest apple growing base, more than 22 counties recorded the lowest temperatures in four decades this week. Government data show 310,000 hectares of farmland were severely damaged, among which 67,000 hectares won't be suitable for harvest at all.