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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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Mystery shrouding Tianjin disaster clouds Xi’s ‘coronation ceremony’

China's President Xi Jinping walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, in Beijing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Officially, the military parade at Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3 marks the 70th anniversary of the “Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.” The state-of-the-art jet-fighters and missiles on […]

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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


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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N. Korea apologizes to stop S. Korean propaganda that featured K-pop, taunted Kim for never leaving home

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Special to WorldTribune.com The communist North Korean regime in Pyongyang is known for its belligerence and brinkmanship but not for apologizing. So when South Korean President Park Geun-Hye demanded an apology over the weekend over landmines in the demilitarized zone […]

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Japan’s Abe won’t attend China anti-Japan military parade marking end of WWII

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has turned down China’s invitation to a military parade next week marking the end of World War II. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Aug. 24 the decision was made […]

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N. Korea deploys submarines as U.S., S. Korean fighters buzz border

South and North Korean officials during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea has deployed 70 percent of its submarine force and doubled its artillery strength near the South Korean border since Aug. 21, according to Seoul’s defense ministry. The two Koreas continued talks on Aug. 23 to […]

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U.S. troops mobilize near Korea’s DMZ as Kim declares ‘quasi state of war’

U.S. troops near Paju, South Korea on Aug. 21.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared on Aug. 21 that Pyongyang was in a “quasi-state of war,” U.S. troops were seen mobilizing at a South Korean border town. “The Korean People’s Army (KPA) front-line large combined […]

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Pyongyang scrambles to repair China ties as bad economy worsens


Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is moving to improve ties with China that have been strained during much of the young leader’s brief tenure, officials and sources here say. The motive […]

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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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