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China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices

A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA pilots were killed on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while test flying carrier-capable combat aircraft. China’s sensitivity and […]

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iPhone6 on hold in China where ‘economic nationalism’ is on the rise

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  /Bloomberg News

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple’s biggest market — is not among the eight countries where the smartphone will be first put on sale. […]

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In 1950, UN forces fought back; Of what use are today’s ‘peackeepers’

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines enter the Israeli sector of the Golan Heights on June 12, 2013.  /Menahem Kahana/AFP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The United Nations as a force for peace has never lived up to the hopes implicit in the name. You can’t blame a succession of secretary-generals for the failures of the UN The current secretary-general, Ban […]

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Having purged all foes, Xi now plans ‘rule of law’ with Chinese characteristics

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Having established his status as supremo through purging political foes under the anti-corruption banner, General Secretary and President Xi Jinping has sought to burnish his authoritarian rule by promoting Chinese-style rule by law. A leitmotif […]

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Sixth-Generation rising stars need military, space experience on their resumes

Zhang Qingwei is a former top manager in China’s space program.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Having attained notable achievements in the anti-corruption crusade, President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping is turning his attention to grooming future leaders. Dozens of Sixth-Generation officials, or those born in the 1960s, will be […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Shipment from Qatar inaugurates new Chinese LNG terminal

Qatargas delivered the first cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China National Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Hainan LNG terminal.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has delivered its first cargo of liquefied natural gas to a leading Chinese terminal. QatarGas said it shipped LNG to the Hainan terminal, operated by China National Oil Corp. QatarGas said the shipment […]

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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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