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Xi’s steamrolling agenda for first time encounters turbulence at major party meeting

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The much-awaited Fourth Plenary Session of the Central Committee closed in Beijing on Oct. 23 with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership vowing to “improve the socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics.” […]

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Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia and the Netherlands have accused each other of sending a submarine into Swedish territorial waters. On Oct. 17, the Swedish military launched a massive search for a mysterious foreign submarine in its […]

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China scolds Taiwan’s president for publicly endorsing Hong Kong democracy

President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at the National Day celebration in Taipei on Oct. 10.   / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China lashed out against Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou who finally broke his silence on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations and voiced his strong support for the protesters. The irony is that Ma has been extremely unpopular in […]

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Kim Jong-Un seen using ailments for PR in sign of continued instability

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un had surgery on his ankles but used his six-week absence from the public eye to monitor moves by his potential rivals and grab international attention, sources and […]

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From one in the know: Snowden is a traitor and likely ‘agent of Vladimir Putin’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Brett M Decker, Radix Charlie Speight is a retired executive from the National Security Agency, which he joined in 1975. During his time at the NSA, he was a National Intelligence Officer, analyst, watch officer, operational staff […]

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Xi tightens controls on Mainland campuses in wake of Hong Kong’s mass demonstrations

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has tightened ideological control over teachers, writers and intellectuals in the wake of the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong. The General Office of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee issued […]

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ISIL’s stealth plotting against top Shi’ite militia ‘planned for months’

Mahdi fighters in military parade on the streets of Baghdad.  / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted Iraq’s leading Shi’ite militia. Officials said ISIL has begun a campaign against the Mahdi Army, deemed the largest Shi’ite militia in Iraq. They said ISIL squads […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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What North Korea hoped to gain from unexpected high-profile visit to South

Hwang Pyong-So arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 4.  /Kim Do-hoon/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — With North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un out of sight for more than a month apparently due to poor health, a surprise visit by a small but powerful North Korean delegation confused officials and […]

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