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North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

THAAD

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch […]

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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after […]

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Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of […]

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A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un […]

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Writer calls for bright light, untainted by politics, on comfort women issue

Park Yu-Ha.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Park Yu-Ha, under fire in Korea for writing “Comfort Women of the Empire,” offers what she believes may be a way to reach an understanding with Japan on the whole controversy. […]

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Stephen Bosworth, ‘consummate diplomat’ brought his values to the table

Stephen Bosworth, U.S. diplomat.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com American ambassadors to South Korea pursue a fine line between defense of the U.S.-Korean alliance and pursuit of North-South reconciliation. If they seem hell-bent on military goals, they’re accused of trying to push […]

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‘Comfort woman’ statues serve as permanent reminder of Japan’s past

Facing the Japanese embassyin Seoul, the inscriptionon the statue reads: "This peace monument reflects people's genuine desire to learn from history and remember the past on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly protest against Japan's atrocities by comfort woman forced into sexual slavery."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The Koreans are using art to upset the Japanese. That’s in the form of statues of innocent young girls ― reminders of the suffering of Korean and other Asian women in the service […]

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Media freedom on trial in Seoul

Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato of Sankei Shimbun newspaper upon his return to Tokyo on April 14, after facing charages of defaming the South Korean president. / Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The zeal with which the Korean government pursued the case of Tatsuya Kato, charged with criminal libel, bears disturbing parallels to the records of other countries that prosecute critics. The charge of libel […]

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Putin’s ‘new cold war’ is also making waves in Asia

Russian military activity on one of the Northern Islands also claimed by Japan is being watched with concern.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― The term “new cold war” is gaining common currency. That’s because of Russia more than China. Russian President Vladimir Putin is talking like a latter-day Cold Warrior in nationalist, ethnocentric terms […]

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Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump

3rd Party

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― First he was talking about kicking out all 12 million “illegal immigrants” in the U.S., and now he wants to exclude Muslims from the right to enter the U.S. You have […]

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