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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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China court rules against Michael Jordan in shoe counterfeit lawsuit

A Qiaodan brand shoe is seen in a store in Beijing.  /AFP Photo/Greg Baker

Special to WorldTribune.com Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s trademark violation lawsuit against a Chinese company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand was dismissed by a court in Beijing. Jordan was seeking to have the trademark of Qiaodan […]

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U.S. markets Iran diplomacy in Pyongyang’s backyard: Deal ‘demonstrates our flexibility…’

Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy to the multilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization, speaks in a meeting with the press in Seoul on July 27.  /Yonhap

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States proved with the recently-concluded Iran nuclear agreement that it is willing and able to be flexible on such talks, including with North Korea, a U.S. envoy said. During a visit to Seoul, South Korea […]

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What’s going on with the unstable economy over in no longer ‘peaceful rising China’?

ChinaCrisis

Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders There is universal agreement that China is increasingly the No. 1 U.S. policy concern. But perhaps never in the history of modern Sinology has there been such difference of opinion about what is happening […]

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North Korea confirms new defense chief after predecessor’s execution

Gen. Pak Yong-Sik, circled, is presumably alert to the dos and don'ts of his new position as defense chief.

Special to WorldTribune.com EastAsiaIntel.com Two months after South Korea’s intelligence agency tellingly disclosed the shocking execution of Kim Jong-Un’s defense chief Vice Marshal Hyon Yong-Chol by close-range anti-aircraft gun fire, Pyongyang officially dispelled the last thread of doubts about the […]

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China, Russia to build 2 new nuclear reactors each in Iran

Ali Akbar Salehi

Special to WorldTribune.com The head of Iran’s nuclear energy agency said China will likely build two new nuclear power plants in Iran and that construction on two additional plants by Russia is set to start this year. “We are in […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Reading Kim Jong-Un’s mind as he reads the fine print of Iran nuclear agreement

The North Korea-Iran strategic partnership that is rarely mentioned.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Greeks made a deal to reform their free-spending ways and stay in the European Union, while the Iranians agreed to restrain their nuclear ambitions and crawl out from under onerous sanctions. Can […]

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Japan’s lower house shocks China, passes landmark legislation allowing its troops to fight abroad

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and LDP allies in Japan's lower house of parliament applaud after the passing of two bills allowing Japanese troops to be deployed abroad.

Special to WorldTribune.com China issued a warning to Japan after parliament in Tokyo passed two landmark bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, 70 years ago. China plans to mark the end […]

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