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Slaughter on the ‘Northern Limit Line': A day for war and soccer

Scene from a new film 'Northern Limit Line' that has generated widespread interest in South Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com For several hours on June 29, 2002, images of warships in the West or Yellow Sea filled television screens in Korea. I was in Seoul watching avidly as reports of a raging battle […]

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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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One man is eating hearty up in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Farm No. 1116, under KPA (Korean People's Army) Unit 810. / KCNA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com You have to wonder what Kim Jong-Un is eating these days. Every time his picture appears visiting a military unit or a factory or an agricultural cooperative, he seems to have gained a […]

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Mass killers on the loose ― cover up, hunker down, prepare to die

A young South Korean couple and wedding guests in Seoul on June 6 came to symbolize the MERS scare when they posed as a joke with surgical masks.  / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com AIDS, SARS, MERS ― the four-letter acronyms leap from the headlines like killers in a horror movie each time the latest deadly disease spreads shock and awe among people to whom the inability […]

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Ironies abound in Subic Bay and Vietnam: U.S. Navy welcomed back with open arms

The USS Shiloh sailed into Subic Bay this week.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SUBIC BAY, Philippines ― The presence here of the USS Shiloh, a cruiser laden with missiles and cannon, reminds visitors of a bygone era. It was almost 25 years ago that the U.S. […]

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Junket for peace: Gloria and ‘sisters’ feel good, stay on message — Pyongyang’s talking points

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The crusade of WomenCrossDMZ for peace on the Korean Peninsula had certain defined boundaries. Don’t talk about human rights and nukes. Say all you want about American sanctions on North Korea and the […]

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India, South Korea and U.S. find themselves on same side in the Great Game for Asia

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Two very different visitors crossed paths in Seoul this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bumped into each other after calling on President Park Geun-Hye at […]

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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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Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

Vietnamese 'Boat People': One lesson learned from that war is the U.S. should not betray its friends and allies as it did the South Vietnamese.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.” Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons […]

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The new Vietnam is haunted at the core by the tyrants that defeated freedom

40 years after the Communist victory, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SAIGON ― Memories of a brutal past mingle with images of new beginnings in a region of thick mangrove swamps interlaced with canals from which Viet Cong guerillas more than 40 years ago […]

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