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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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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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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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Xi consolidates power with promotion of 10 proteges to full generals


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Just before China’s Army Day on Aug. 1, President and Central Military Commission (CMC) Chairman Xi Jinping elevated ten senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers to full generals. This was Xi’s most significant […]

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Arrest of ‘big tiger’ Ling Jihua counters Xi statements on rule of law


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The announcement on July 20 of the arrest of top cadre Ling Jihua could mark at least a temporary moratorium in President Xi Jinping’s three-year-old campaign on corruption among senior officials. It also […]

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Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

Korean T50s.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA ― War clouds hang over the South China Sea. The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear […]

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China court rules against Michael Jordan in shoe counterfeit lawsuit

A Qiaodan brand shoe is seen in a store in Beijing.  /AFP Photo/Greg Baker

Special to WorldTribune.com Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s trademark violation lawsuit against a Chinese company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand was dismissed by a court in Beijing. Jordan was seeking to have the trademark of Qiaodan […]

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What’s going on with the unstable economy over in no longer ‘peaceful rising China’?


Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders There is universal agreement that China is increasingly the No. 1 U.S. policy concern. But perhaps never in the history of modern Sinology has there been such difference of opinion about what is happening […]

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China, Russia to build 2 new nuclear reactors each in Iran

Ali Akbar Salehi

Special to WorldTribune.com The head of Iran’s nuclear energy agency said China will likely build two new nuclear power plants in Iran and that construction on two additional plants by Russia is set to start this year. “We are in […]

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