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Beijing tones down its rhetoric in bid to defuse ‘China Threat’ theory


Special to By Willy Lam, There is evidence that after two years of no-holds-barred projection of Chinese power, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership under President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping has softened its diplomatic rhetoric. Recent statements by […]

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China deploys combat troops to protect vast oil assets in S. Sudan


Special to By Miles Yu, Africa has become so important to China that it actually deployed combat troops to a strife-ridden region to safeguard Chinese-owned or operated oil facilities. South Sudan declared independence in 2010 from Sudan for […]

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Journalism nightmare: How to confirm a defector’s story about surviving the kingdom of lies

No western reporter has ever been inside a North Korean prison camp.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Defectors from North Korea all have harrowing tales of suffering that are difficult to imagine in real life. Their stories differ widely depending on the circumstances — some have spent time in prisons, […]

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North Korean millennials are seen by Kim as threat


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il increasingly sees the younger generation as a threat, sources and defectors here said. The Kim dynasty’s power is based on the state-sponsored personality cult and insulation […]

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Xi uses notorious, ancient, super secret ‘Eastern Factory’ to crush foes

China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan attends a plenary meeting of the NPC in Beijing

Special to By Willy Lam, Chinese pundits have a nickname for the Communist Party’s Central Commission on Disciplinary Inspection (CCDI): the “Eastern Factory.” The “Eastern Factory” is a notorious spy agency which emperors and eunuchs of the Ming […]

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Minutes of Sudan strategy session reveal hidden agenda to eliminate S. Sudan by backing Riek Machar

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir, right, and his former Vice President turned rebel leader Riek Machar.

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Even though the actual fighting in South Sudan is led by local commanders in pursuit of localized self-interests, there have been repeated efforts to […]

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North Korea’s dictatorship more rattled by human rights campaign than sanctions


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is much more fearful of a U.S.-led human right offensive than financial sanctions, analysts here say. “Kim’s concern was reflected by his New Year’s message that emphasized […]

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As world eyes China’s economy, Xi still focused on consolidating power with the PLA


Special to By Willy Lam, Despite reports that the China’s GDP is about to surpass that of the United States, much of Chinese politics is still governed by Maoist norms of the 1930s and 1940s. One of Chairman’s […]

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Taliban delegation made stealth visit to China to undermine Kabul


Special to By Miles Yu, A two-man senior Afghan Taliban delegation paid a secret visit to Beijing last November to discuss collaboration with Chinese military and security officials. The objective? To destroy the U.S.-supported Afghan government and revert […]

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Egypt’s Sisi challenges imams with riveting speech, makes history by attending Christmas mass

President Hollande Receives Egyptian Counterpart Al-Sisi - Paris

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Cairo. The Egyptian government has begun making major strides in rebuilding the economy, but its relations with the U.S. remain cool and cautious. Egyptian officials have made it clear that they intend to start to limit […]

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