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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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‘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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What the charges against ‘untouchable’ Zhou Yongkang reveal about China’s future ruling class

Zhou Yongkang with Xi Jinping at the NPC in March 2013.  /CNS

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com It is a credit to Xi Jinping’s Machiavellian genius that he has pulled off a major achievement in fighting corruption — which is universally regarded as the most serious problem of the party and state […]

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China’s Internet users now total 632 million, most using mobile phones

People use mobile phones in the Beijing Xuanwumen Subway Station.  /Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By East-Asia-Intel.com There are more than twice as many Internet users in China than the total population of the United States. The Chinese government announced that there are 632 million Chinese citizens who are Internet users on a […]

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Growing personality cult around Xi Jinping noted by enemies, has few precedents

A Tiananmen Square street vendor displays a souvenir with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chairman Mao Zedong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Even as Xi Jinping is extending the parameters of his anti-corruption drive, the official media is building up a personality cult around the President that is unprecedented since the demise of Mao Zedong in 1976. […]

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Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is winning him new enemies in the PLA

From left: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Gen. Xu Caihou and Gen. Guo Boxiong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A series of unusual happenings in the People’s Liberation Army has demonstrated that President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping is paying a heavy price for hitting out at “big tigers” among corrupt military officers. Late last […]

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The world according to China: Obama and Xi Jinping’s latest phone call

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s President Xi Jinping makes a careful distinction between U.S. President Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s OK to talk to the former, just not the latter. And so Xi and […]

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Panda images for target practice: Comrade Kim and Comrade Xi are not on the best of terms

Kim Jong-Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet on July 7.  /KCNA/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s military used images of panda bears as targets in an apparent show of Pyongyang’s displeasure with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul, according to news reports here. Images of pandas […]

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Warm words by Xi Jinping at the China-U.S. dialogue did not match his disturbing actions

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing on July 9.  /Feng Li/Getty Images/AsiaPac

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Even though President Xi Jinping has urged more “communication and cooperation” between his country and the United States, the on-going Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) between top officials from both sides has confirmed their “frenemy” […]

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