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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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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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Mini-wars and world wars: Some uncomfortable comparisons

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Conflict between Israel and the Hamas bears some startling resemblances to that between North and South Korea. Think about it: Israel and North Korea are both essentially client states. Israel couldn’t fight anyone, could not exist […]

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War without end: A dream come true for North Korea and arms merchants everywhere

A rocket is fired towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on July 11.  /Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Rocketing, bombing and bloodshed in the Middle East from Gaza to Syria and Iraq provide a bonanza for the world’s arms-manufacturers, none more than the North Koreans and the Americans. For North Korea, […]

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‘Accidents’ and collateral killings in a world still lacking adult supervision

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watches a missile test.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The news from Ukraine and the Middle East carries grave implications for Northeast Asia, notably the Korean Peninsula. Just think of all those missiles and artillery shells fired by North Korea over the east […]

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The world according to China: Obama and Xi Jinping’s latest phone call

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s President Xi Jinping makes a careful distinction between U.S. President Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s OK to talk to the former, just not the latter. And so Xi and […]

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Next time you see that ‘made in China’ label, ask yourself where it came from

Chinese inmates at a labor camp in Fujian province.  /RFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com President Park Geun-Hye and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed on three core topics when they met last week in Seoul. North Korea should give up its nukes, China and Korea should vastly expand […]

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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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Clueless: What American leaders don’t know about world realities is making a difference

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — U.S. foreign policy these days is so confusing and conflicting that it’s impossible to figure out where the U.S. is going, whether in the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Northeast Asia. […]

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Failures in Iraq and Vietnam raise questions about U.S. resolve in Ukraine, East Asia

Evacuation of CIA station personnel in Saigon on April 29, 1975.  /Hubert van Es/UPI

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Remember the great “surge” of U.S.forces in Iraq that Gen. David Petraeus believed would finish off the bad guys before the U.S. scaled down and then withdrew its forces? It was as though […]

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