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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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‘Eternal president’ Kim Il-Sung’s image disappears from currency giving rise to conflicting explanations

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has dropped the image of its founding father Kim Il-Sung from new banknotes as grandson and new leader Kim Jong-Un struggles to assert his authority, sources and analysts said. The North’s […]

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China media’s tribute to Xi’s ‘double-fisted’ foreign policy counters critics at home, SE Asia

A screen at a Beijing junction shows a speech by Xi Jinping.  /Wang Wei/EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A People’s Daily commentary on the one-and-half-year rule of President Xi Jinping has thus characterized the Chinese strongman’s unique approach to foreign policy: alternatively using tough and soft tactics so as to close the gap […]

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China non-combat personnel includes high-profile mistress-generals

People's Liberation Army soldiers perform a musical drama as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in August 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China has the world’s largest military force in terms of total number of personnel. However, the PLA also distinguishes itself for keeping a large number of non-combat military personnel who have often been promoted faster and […]

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Israel: Hamas operatives being trained for air operations in Malaysia

Israeli intel gleaned from a captured Hamas fighter revealed the training for armed paraglider attacks.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas was training in air operations in Malaysia. The Israel Security Agency said Malaysia hosted Hamas operatives for air missions against the Jewish state. The domestic intelligence agency said Hamas […]

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As Pope Francis beatifies Korea’s martyrs will he acknowledge silenced Christians up North?

Pope Francis with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, second from right, at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea.  /AP/Ahn Young-joon

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The visit of Pope Francis to Korea coincides with the 69th anniversary tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 15, of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. The eyes of the world will be on the […]

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Report: Kim Jong-Un increasingly estranged from key sectors of ruling elite

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the construction site of what was said to be a resort for scientists in Pyongyang.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is at odds with Pyongyang’s ruling elite, according to media reports and sources here. “Senior officials in the Workers’ Party and the military are increasingly objecting to policies […]

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‘Watershed’ takedown of Zhou gives Xi upper hand but risks counter-attack by ‘big tigers’

Zhou Yongkang in 2007 at the 17th National Congress when he was China’s public security minister.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While Xi Jinping has accomplished what the official media call a “watershed triumph” by taking out “super-big tiger” Zhou Yongkang, tell-tale signs have emerged showing that the supremo’s hold on power is far from complete. […]

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South Korea in talks with Israel about procuring Iron Dome

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Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has reported interest by South Korea in the Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems cited talks with Seoul for the sale of Iron Dome. Executives said […]

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S. Korean firm wins $2 billion contract for UAE offshore oil development

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has progressed in development of an offshore crude oil field. The UAE project called for the second phase of development of the Nasser field off the coast of Abu Dhabi. […]

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