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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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Checking out the cars on display and ranking the shapely models that aren’t actual accessories

Like the cars, of course, the models come in different ranges. A marketing manager explained to me the gradations.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Beautiful women don’t have a lot to do with the graceful curves of a new motor vehicle, but you might not know that from visiting the Seoul Motor Show. By tradition, most manufacturers […]

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‘Whiplash': Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

J.K. Simmons as a disparaging instructor in “Whiplash.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.” […]

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Two tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

The late Lee Kuan Yew, right, greets South Korean President Park Geun-Hye daughter of former President Park Chung-Hee.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built […]

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Xi lures South Korea and Japan to join other U.S. allies at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing’s success in luring a number of key American allies to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has illustrated yet again Washington’s apparent failure to rein in the Xi Jinping administration’s ambitious […]

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Irreconcilable differences in our time: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there […]

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Slasher of U.S. envoy to Seoul had multiple ties to North Korea

A knife attack on U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, March 5, stunned onlookers in Seoul and was celebrated by the regime in Pyongyang. Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s description of a South Korean man’s attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul as “deserved punishment” indicates Pyongyang’s unwillingness to improve ties with Washington, a government source said. In a shocking attack […]

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Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

U.S. Ambassador , FYI, Japan Times, EXTRA, Hodo-bu Hongo reports, image photos, Sept. 2, 2009. MIURA PHOTO.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the […]

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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm (or no stupid “stuff”) rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president […]

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What Kenji Goto understood that his killers did not

Kenji Goto: 'Hate is not for humans.'

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The murder of journalists at the hands of ISIS forces shows how far a few daring correspondents will go to find out what’s going on. Covering wars has always been hazardous, never more […]

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