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McCain: I learned from Keating Five case

March 23, 2008
By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain‘s ethics entanglement with a wealthy banker ultimately convicted of swindling investors was such a disturbing, formative experience in his political career that he compares the scandal in some ways to the five years he was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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“I faced in Vietnam, at times, very real threats to life and limb,” McCain told The Associated Press. “But while my sense of honor was tested in prison, it was not questioned. During the Keating inquiry, it was, and I regretted that very much.”

In his early days as a freshman senator, McCain was known for accepting contributions from Charles Keating Jr., flying to the banker’s home in the Bahamas on company planes and taking up Keating’s cause with U.S. financial regulators as they investigated him.

The Keating Five was the derisive name given McCain and four Democratic senators who were defendants in a congressional ethics investigation of their connections to Keating. McCain is the only one still in the Senate. They were accused of trying to intimidate regulators on behalf of Keating, a real estate developer in Arizona and owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan based in Irvine, Calif.

Keating and his associates raised $1.3 million combined for the campaigns and political causes of all five. McCain’s campaigns received $112,000.

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U.S. commander presses China on military intentions

February 16, 2008

By Richard Halloran
The Washington Times
February 16, 2008  

HONOLULU — The commander of U.S. forces in Asia says he pressed Chinese leaders on a recent visit to explain the intentions behind their expanding military power, thus injecting a fresh element into security relations between the two countries.

Until now, U.S. political and military leaders have insisted that Chinese leaders be more “transparent” in their military activity — disclosing what weapons and equipment they have acquired, how much they have spent on their armed forces and the state of training and readiness of those forces.

But Adm. Timothy Keating said in an interview that transparency “is not enough

“We don’t want just transparency, we want to understand their intentions. There’s a big difference,” he said. “That’s a much more aggressive position for us to ask of them.”

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U.S.: China’s Weapons A Problem

January 29, 2008
By P. Parameswaran 

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Monday it was “troubling” that China‘s weapons systems capability exceeded the level Beijing defined as necessary for self-defence.

The head of the US armed forces in the Asia-Pacific, Admiral Timothy Keating, said he was told by Chinese leaders during a visit to Beijing that its so-called “area denial weapons” were “to protect those things that are ours”.

Timothy J. Keating
Timothy Keating

But he said, “we find it troubling that the capabilities of some of these weapons systems would tend to exceed our own expectations for protecting those things that are ‘ours'”.

Keating said the….

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File photo shows a PLA soldier walking past a Chinese-made Hongqi-2 ...
File photo shows a PLA soldier walking past a Chinese-made Hongqi-2 missile on display at the Military Museum in Beijing. The United States said Monday it found “troubling” China’s admission that its weapons systems capability exceeds levels Beijing itself has defined as necessary for its self-defence.

U.S. to test China with new request for naval port call

January 16, 2008
By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers Tue Jan 15, 1:53 PM ET

BEIJING — The Pentagon soon will ask China to approve a port call by a U.S. Navy vessel in Hong Kong , and will be watching the response as “kind of a signal flare” for whether China wants improving relations, a senior U.S. military officer said Tuesday.

China denied a port call to the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier and its escort ships over Thanksgiving , and turned away two minesweepers fleeing stormy seas and an Air Force aircraft taking supplies to the U.S. consulate there.

Adm. Timothy Keating , the chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii , said….

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Admiral “Perplexed” By China’s Decision Making

November 23, 2007


HONOLULU (AP) – The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said he’s “perplexed and concerned” by China’s last-minute decision to deny a U.S. aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong for a previously scheduled port visit. The USS Kitty Hawk and its escort ships were due to dock there for a four-day visit Wednesday until they were refused access.

Hundreds of family members had flown to Hong Kong to spend Thanksgiving with their sailors.“It’s hard to put any kind of positive spin on this,” Adm. Timothy Keating told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday while flying back to the U.S. after visiting troops in Iraq. “I’m perplexed and concerned.”

Admiral Timothy J. Keating
Timothy Keating

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Bangladesh: First U.S. Navy Ship Arrives for Relief Mission

November 23, 2007

By FARID HOSSAIN, Associated Press Writer 

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The U.S. Navy was prepared Friday to deliver much-needed food and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis stricken by Cyclone Sidr, a top U.S. military commander said.

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“We are here to help the people in their time of need,” Adm. Timothy Keating, the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific Ocean, told reporters.

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China’s military build-up could threaten regional security: US commander

August 21, 2007

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – The region’s top US military commander Tuesday expressed concern over China’s rapid military build-up, just days after an unprecedented display of Beijing’s firepower during war games with Russia.

China professes to be advocating a peaceful rise,” said Admiral Timothy J. Keating, head of the US Pacific Command, during his first official trip to Cambodia, where he met with senior defence officials.  “Some of the systems they’re developing and some of the capabilities that they’re demonstrating would indicate to us that perhaps their intentions aren’t exactly beneficial to security … throughout the Pacific.  So we’re watching carefully,” he said.

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US capable of defending Taiwan: top US commander

July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has the capability to swiftly move military forces to defend Taiwan against a potential attack from China, the top US military commander in the Asia-Pacific region said Tuesday.

Admiral Timothy Keating shrugged off suggestions at a Washington forum that the United States, burdened by conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, did not have sufficient forces in the vicinity to respond quickly enough to an incursion on Taiwan by China.

“I don’t lose sleep at night over our ability to respond to any crisis anywhere…

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