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Daydream believers: Tapped out world economy now rushes to bail out China

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, right, and China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai in Berlin announcing that Germany will be a founding member of a new international development bank backed by China. / Reuters

Sol W. Sanders A most peculiar crisis is developing for the Chinese economy – and, indeed, for the regime – while the world’s attention is riveted on the chaos and terror in the Mideast and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Not the […]

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Warning to high tech West: Your water infrastructure and water quality are in decline

A river in Zhugao, China. / Peter Parks / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs It was once the standard joke in Britain: everyone talked about the weather, but no one did anything about it. By the early 21st Century, the weather — […]

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China finally moves to mend fences with N. Korea to restore leverage

Liu Yunshan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China has decided to improve its strained ties with North Korea, which has been moving closer to Russia. China has recently set up three principles in dealing with the North: improvement […]

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IAEA: We cannot ‘conclude that all nuclear material in Iran [has a]…peaceful purpose’

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington on March 23. / Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The UN nuclear watchdog says it has made “limited” progress in its probe into the military potential of Iran’s nuclear program and needs greater cooperation from Tehran. Yukiya Amano, director-general of […]

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Russia’s Northern Fleet on high alert for massive arctic exercise

Russia's Northern Fleet

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On March 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin, issued a military order to 38,000 troops to launch a massive arctic exercise. Re-emerging after a mysterious disappearance from the public eye for more than 10 […]

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Kim’s style of consolidating power seen inviting backlash from party elites

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un is believed to have suspended the Presidium of the Politburo, the highest-ranking body in the Workers’ Party, officials and sources here say. The Presidium has […]

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Former Japan PM visits Crimea, endorses Russia’s annexation

Ex-Japan PM defends referendum in Crimea as constitutional

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior Japanese statesman shocked many with his visit to Crimea on March 11, where he publicly praised Russia’s annexation. Yukio Hatoyama was Japan’s prime minister briefly from September 2009 to June 20110. […]

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ISIL offensive stalls but it may succeed in breaking off a piece of Iraq

A Shi'ite military vehicle attacked by ISIL fighters burns in northern Tikrit on March 11. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) offensive in Iraq of last June continues to cause alarm around the world, even though it stalled shortly thereafter. It has been unable to regain […]

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Intelligence split: DIA report kept Iran on terror threat list, DNI offered words of praise

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Special to WorldTribune.com The annual U.S. intelligence ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’ not only left Iran off the list of terror threats but included words of praise for efforts to build partnerships with Sunni states to combat militant extremists. The report was […]

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CCP infuriated at favorite American China-watcher’s attitude change

Shambaugh

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Willy Lam was on travel this week. David Shambaugh, a China expert at the George Washington University, was praised only a couple of months ago by China as one of the top American […]

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