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Xi Jinping continues to amass power as China’s economy tanks

China's Xi Jinping's grab for power also puts him in the spotlight as China's economy stalls.

Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders China is hurtling toward a crisis of the regime. It is too early to know whether the Communist leadership, so astute in the past, will be able to untangle a cats cradle of issues. […]

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China blues: CCP Chairman Xi hopes to change the subject

Black Monday at the Shanghai Index

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The reverberations of China’s economic jolt are being felt worldwide from New York, to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. It’s the fear of a slowdown in the once-supercharged Chinese economy which […]

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China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man

WAR

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Conflict with South Korea is a gambit that North Korea cannot afford. Much as leader Kim Jong-Un may have yearned to humiliate the South by ordering gunfire against the mega-loudspeakers broadcasting music, news […]

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Syrian circles of Hell: Is a political solution even possible?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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70 years after its ‘liberation,’ Korea still threatened by imminent war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, […]

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Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring? Easy […]

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Moscow gets a cash settlement but not its promised Mistral carriers from France

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler St. Nazaire, FRANCE — As the high-speed TGV train from Paris slowed down coming into St. Nazaire passing the sprawling shipyard alongside, a little boy in in the seat in front of us […]

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Russia says ‘nyet’ at UN to MH-17 downing tribunal

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian flight #17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia […]

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Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

Korean T50s.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA ― War clouds hang over the South China Sea. The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear […]

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