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Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

Special to By Miles Yu, With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy. Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no […]

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Both Koreas, China and Russia have meeting of minds on ‘world-class’ travel destination

The Tumen River.

Special to from South Korea, China, Mongolia and Russia have agreed to develop a “world-class” travel destination near a North Korean river that flows along the borders with China and Russia, Beijing’s state media reported. The agreement was […]

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S. Korea confirms the North’s pursuit of submarine-launched ballistic missiles

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a Romeo class submarine.

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea has been developing a submarine-based ballistic missile launch system which could send nuclear-tipped missiles to as far as Alaska, military officials and analysts here said. The Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed […]

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China versus Japan: The new Great Game in South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi on Sept. 18.  /PTI

Special to Following in the footsteps of Japan’s triumphant South Asia initiatives under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, China feels the pressure to compete for influence and goodwill in the region as well. This week, China’s Supreme Leader Xi […]

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Arctic war of words heats up as Russia, Canada press their claims

The expedition to plant a Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole, 2007.  /Reuters

Special to By Miles Yu, Canada is the most enthusiastic pusher for harsh sanctions against Russia’s aggressions in Ukraine and there is a particular reason for that: Canada and Russia are engaged in a tense territorial dispute of their own, […]

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New arms-exporter Japan finds receptive market among ASEAN nations

Japanese patrol vessels are loaded at the port of Yokohama for delivery to Indonesia.

Special to Japan and the ten ASEAN member states have agreed to hold talks in late September to discuss how to enhance the security relations. The talks are expected to focus on how Japan could expedite arms sales […]

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‘Mainstream’ rebels in Syria require ‘urgent foreign assistance’

Free Syrian Army fighters.

Special to LONDON — Here’s how the Sunni world views the so-called U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant: Washington will form an unofficial alliance with Iran in the Middle East and rehabilitate Syria’s Assad. ISIL […]

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China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices

A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

Special to Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA pilots were killed on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while test flying carrier-capable combat aircraft. China’s sensitivity and […]

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Power struggle between Kim’s top two aides noted by North Korea watchers

Hwang Pyong-So, left, and Kim Wong-Hong.

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — The bitter rivalry between Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Wong-Hong, two of North Korea’s most powerful leader under Kim Jong-Un, has emerged in the wake of fierce competitions to win much-needed foreign currency. The […]

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iPhone6 on hold in China where ‘economic nationalism’ is on the rise

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  /Bloomberg News

Special to By Willy Lam, One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple’s biggest market — is not among the eight countries where the smartphone will be first put on sale. […]

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