Thursday's global agenda: US-China rivalry heats up across the Pacific

In other news

The nonprofit Syrian Support Group is having a surprising amount of influence on U.S. policymakers despite a lack of resources, writes The New York Times

The United States has confirmed the death of the third-ranking leader of the Haqqani militant network in a drone strike in Pakistan. [The Washington Post]

Mitt Romney's real foreign policy intentions are anyone's guess. [The New York Times]

What you might have missed on Global Affairs:

United Nations defends Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's trip to Iran

Kerry to give foreign policy-address on same night as President Obama's speech

Sen. Corker names new legislative director

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