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Mystery shrouding Tianjin disaster clouds Xi’s ‘coronation ceremony’

China's President Xi Jinping walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, in Beijing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Officially, the military parade at Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3 marks the 70th anniversary of the “Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.” The state-of-the-art jet-fighters and missiles on […]

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China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man

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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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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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70 years after its ‘liberation,’ Korea still threatened by imminent war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, […]

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Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring? Easy […]

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Japan’s lower house shocks China, passes landmark legislation allowing its troops to fight abroad

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and LDP allies in Japan's lower house of parliament applaud after the passing of two bills allowing Japanese troops to be deployed abroad.

Special to WorldTribune.com China issued a warning to Japan after parliament in Tokyo passed two landmark bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, 70 years ago. China plans to mark the end […]

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South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century. On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian […]

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America’s crucial credibility abroad declines with the loss of trust — and respect

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The retrenchment of U.S. foreign policy under Barack Obama is triggering major changes in relations with formerly stout allies around the globe. In Europe, Asia and the Middle East, trust in the […]

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Good guys, bad guys in NE Asia high tech war race: What could go wrong?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The stakes are escalating in the contest for Northeast Asia. North Korea’s got nukes and lots of missiles, most recently maybe the SLBM for submarine-launched ballistic missile. The U.S. has glistening new hardware […]

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