**Snowden Wants to Return to US**
Fugitive self-proclaimed spy and NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden says he wants to return home to the United States.
In his first interview on U.S. television, Snowden told NBC-TV newsman Brian Williams Wednesday that he sees himself as a patriot, but that until he can return to the U.S. he plans to ask Russia to extend his asylum.
He sought to defend himself against charges by the Obama administration that he is a traitor who endangered lives by revealing the extent of an NSA spying program.
Asked whether he would make a deal to return, Snowden said he first wants to make "sure that these programs are reformed," and that the family and country he left behind can be helped by his actions.
**Biden Slams China over Lack of Innovation**
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden used a speech on foreign policy Wednesday to dismiss concerns over China's economic strength.
Speaking to a group of Air Force graduates, Biden acknowledged China is "graduating six to eight times as many scientists and engineers as we have."
But he said: "I challenge you, name me one innovative project, one innovative change, one innovative product that has come out of China."
Biden referenced the 1990s, when he said many people in the U.S. feared a rising Japan would "eat our lunch, that Japan was the future."
He implied China has replaced Japan as the new economic challenger to the U.S., while noting he hopes both China and Japan succeed.
China is widely expected later this decade to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest economy, in terms of gross domestic product.
But despite decades of rapid growth, China's economy faces huge challenges, including wide income inequality, corruption, and pollution.