Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an unexpected setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party resigned and defected to the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) party which has no seats in the British parliament. The move, by Douglas Carswell, a prominent Eurosceptic, will trigger a high-profile election for his parliamentary seat in southern England as he tries to get re-elected to represent UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the European Union. His defection is awkward for Cameron who is himself seeking re-election in May next year.
China on Thursday urged the United States to cut back on, or even stop, its close surveillance of the Asian giant using patrol aircraft, if it seriously seeks to repair damaged bilateral ties. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been strained by competing territorial claims between China and its neighbors, some of them U.S. "If the United States really hopes to avoid impacting bilateral relations, the best course of action is to reduce or halt close surveillance of China," Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement on the ministry's website.