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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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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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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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Overlooked clues about Xi’s last-minute Seoul visit reveal stresses

Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan, center, with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The hurriedly-arranged state visit to Seoul by China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping, scheduled to take place July 3 to July 4, indicates that unexpected, even seemingly insurmountable disagreements between the two countries, have surfaced to […]

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Shifting short-term alignments in NE Asia may have long-term consequences

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye welcomed China’s President Xi Jinping on his 2-day visit beginning July 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Alliances and policies have a way of shifting quickly, at opportune or even inopportune moments. What’s China’s President Xi Jinping doing in Seoul this week, and why are the Japanese talking to the […]

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In shot at Japan and a calculated snub of ‘boy emperor’ Kim, Xi Jinping sets visit to South Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, left, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on June 27, 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea in early July heralds a new era of China’s relations with both Koreas. Traditionally, a new Chinese head of state would first visit the DPRK — with […]

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Exploiting tragedy for political gain in Seoul, South Korea

Demonstrators in Seoul blamed the government of President Park Geun-Hye for the ferry disaster.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The tragedy of the sunken South Korean ferry the Sewol is now old news. The international press barely covers the long aftermath as divers look for the last missing bodies. The […]

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Chilling reminder from UN: North Korea conducted only nuclear tests this century

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UNITED NATIONS — Reflecting the importance of the ongoing efforts to prevent nuclear non-proliferation, the Security Council has reaffirmed its tough stance against the development and transfer of technical components among “non-state actors,” namely terrorist groups, to produce nuclear, chemical […]

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A high-performing modern country’s crisis: How to fix its feudal human infrastructure

Nightmarish recovery operations continue for the Sewol Ferry tragedy.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The seas were running quite high when I took a small ferry from Mokpo, a port city on South Korea’s southwestern coast, to the idyllic island of Jeju a month before the tragedy […]

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