• Carter confident his successor will be ready to take command

    FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives for a meeting of the North Atlantic Council Defence Ministers session at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Carter said Monday, Dec. 5, that he believes his designated successor, if confirmed by the Senate as expected, will be a quick study of the office's responsibilities. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday he believes his designated successor, if confirmed by the Senate as expected, will be a quick study regarding the responsibilities of the office.

  • New cross-border stock link widens access to China’s Nasdaq

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. Chairman Chow Chung-kong, left, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, right, smile after beating a gong during a ceremony to launch the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock trading link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, the latest step to widen access to China's markets for global investors. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    HONG KONG (AP) — Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, widening access to China’s markets for global investors.

  • Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad

    President-elect Donald Trump gestures toward reporters as he arrives for a party at the home of Robert Mercer, one of his biggest campaign donors, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Head of the Harbor, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans.

  • Trump’s call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing

    This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File)

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province.

  • Players: Kerr’s marijuana admission could spark dialogue

    In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts during the team's NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, acknowledged he tried marijuana twice in the past 18 months while dealing with debilitating back pain. Kerr told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole on Friday, Dec. 2, that he used medicinal marijuana but it didn't help. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

  • Timeline of China-Taiwan relations

    In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 photo released by Taiwan Presidential Office Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump through a speaker phone in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

    BEIJING (AP) — China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. The status of Taiwan became an issue this weekend after President-elect Donald Trump broke with long-standing tradition and directly spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, drawing an irritated response from China.

  • Death toll in China’s 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

    BEIJING (AP) — Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported.

  • Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

    In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 photo released by Taiwan Presidential Office Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump through a speaker phone in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

    BEIJING (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan’s leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.

  • S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader’s ouster

    Protesters shout slogans as they march toward the presidential house during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans marched in the capital for the sixth straight Saturday calling for the removal of scandal-plagued Park, who faces an impeachment vote in parliament next week. The banners read: "Park Geun-hye to step down." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea’s biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed.

  • China’s foreign minister hopes US relations won’t be “interfered with or damaged” after Trump speaks with Taiwan leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister hopes US relations won’t be “interfered with or damaged” after Trump speaks with Taiwan leader.