Thailand and Singapore have longstanding military ties with America but also trade with Burma, where the vessel is headed.
Beijing stipulates that $586 billion in stimulus funds be spent only on Chinese goods
The trial of Deng Yujiao, who stabbed an official demanding sex, highlighted the power of the Internet to rally popular support.
Police warned two Shanghai venues against hosting events, even as a state-run daily hailed the festival as a "showcase" of progress.
Mayor Ray Nagin, on a business trip, was confined to his hotel in Shanghai after a fellow plane passenger exhibited symptoms of swine flu.
A pair of Chinese sisters battle their way through the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and on to America.
A survey of 23 experts finds deep concern about Beijing's large dollar holdings