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China gets vulgar about White House meeting with Hong Kong leaders

Martin Lee and Anson Chan meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Special to Traveling to the U.S. to appeal to foreigners was a bad move made by Hong Kong’s pan-democracy advocates, China’s state media said in a series of rhetorical blasts against Martin Lee and Anson Chan. The two prominent pro-democracy leaders met the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in the White House last [...]

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S. Korean president makes case for ‘roadmap’ to unification in Dresden, Germany

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye proposes "roadmap" to reunification on March 28 at the Dresden University of Technology.  /AP

Special to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said an ‘economic bonanza’ would result from the unification of North and South Korea. Park used her trip to the former East German city of Dresden to unveil a package of proposals calling for bolstering exchanges with North Korea to lay the groundwork for reunification of [...]

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N. Korea predicts war next year, tests upgraded weapons systems

North Korea’s state television broadcast footage of leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech to troops on April 1.

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly told troops to prepare for war next year to occupy South Korea. The youthful leader told military commanders early this year that an “armed confrontation could take place on the Korean peninsula in 2015,” South Korea’s biggest newspaper Chosun Ilbo said, citing [...]

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Loyalty drive pre-empted resistance to Xi’s selective PLA spring cleaning

Xu Caihou, left, is regarded as loyal to Jiang Zemin. At right is Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan. /SCMP/Simon Song

Special to By Willy Lam, President and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping has orchestrated a large-scale loyalty campaign to ensure the success of his anti-corruption measures in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Military authorities announced early this week that Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan will shortly appear before a military court for corruption-related charges. A former deputy [...]

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Ukraine continues weapons sales to China in the midst of turmoil

Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.

Special to By Miles Yu, As the 6th largest arms export country in the world, Ukraine has counted China as its top customer for the past two decades. On March 25, a Russian-designed Il-78 aerial refueling tanker plane conducted a final test flight after a major upgrade before being delivered by Ukraine to [...]

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Hwang emerging as key Kim aide for agency that runs all N. Koreans’ lives

Hwang Pyong-So, right, joins Kim Jong-Un as he walks through an assembly hall at KPA Unit #318. /KCNA

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Hwang Pyong-So, an unknown until recently, has rapidly risen within the core of North Korea’s ruling elite. Hwang was recently named deputy head of the Organization and Guidance Department of the Workers’ Party, one of the most powerful posts in the country, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry. The [...]

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Flight 370 investigation showed Malaysia synched with West, angering Beijing

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, center, with two senior officials at a March 15 press conference.  /EPA

Special to By Willy Lam, China-Malaysian ties appear to have become an unintended casualty of the tragedy revolving around the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Senior Chinese officials have made no secret of their dissatisfaction with the search and rescue operation handled by the Malaysian government. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li [...]

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Unidentified forces kill Ukrainian nationalist Moscow called terrorist

Olexander Muzychko

Special to By Miles Yu, Olexander Muzychko, the leader of a right-wing nationalist political group in Ukraine, was gunned down on March 24 in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Mr. Muzychko was best known in and outside Ukraine as an extreme nationalist with an anti-Russian penchant. Moscow tried to blame him as [...]

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N. Korea said to diversify crude oil import sources to relieve dependence on China


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea attempted to diversify crude oil import sources in a bid to reduce its heavy reliance on Chinese oil, a source here said. The move has risked estranging relations between the two communist allies which have worsened since the rise of Pyongyang’s youthful leader Kim [...]

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More light shed on new ‘KGB with Chinese characteristics’

From left: Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will head China’s new national security commission.  /CNS

Special to Willy Lam, When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced at a Central Committee plenum last November that it was setting up a Central National Security Commission (CNSC), most analysts compared it to the American National Security Council. Since then, few details have emerged about this secretive superagency, aside from the fact [...]

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