China angered at change in name of Taiwan embassy in Japan

China angered at change in name of Taiwan embassy in Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, January 3, 2017 Japan drew angry protests from China after changing the name of its Taiwanese embassy, a move Beijing saw as Tokyo taking a step toward recognizing Taiwan as a separate country. The name of Japan’s Taiwanese embassy in Taipei was officially changed in a ceremony on Jan. 3 from “The […]

Putin, Abe talk sanctions, northern islands at hot springs summit

Putin, Abe talk sanctions, northern islands at hot springs summit

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have discussed possible joint economic projects on an island chain both countries claim, but no breakthrough was reported in the territorial dispute that has poisoned ties since World War II. The dispute over the islands seized […]

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been raging […]

Japan weighs THAAD missile shield as North Korean WMD threat grows

Japan weighs THAAD missile shield as North Korean WMD threat grows

by WorldTribune Staff, November 27, 2016 Japan is considering following South Korea’s lead in deploying the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system. The move comes amid a heightened threat from North Korea, which has conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests this year and has made steady progress in its quest to […]

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The process of “making America great again” is filled with perils and pitfalls, nowhere more so than in Asia. The intricacies and subtleties of the Great Game for Asia often are about as incomprehensible to the experts as they are to amateurs and know-nothings. As President-elect Donald Trump and […]

Trump skips media filter, delivers transition update direct to the public

Trump skips media filter, delivers transition update direct to the public

by WorldTribune Staff, November 22, 2016 One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president will be to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the president-elect said in an announcement made directly to the public. “Today, I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our […]

Russia deploys coastal missile systems on disputed Kurile Islands

Russia deploys coastal missile systems on disputed Kurile Islands

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russia says it has deployed Bal and Bastion coastal missile system on the disputed Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Russian Pacific Fleet’s Boyevaya Vakhta (Combat Watch) newspaper reported on November 22 that the missile systems have entered into service on the islands of Iturup […]

President-elect Trump to meet Japan’s Prime Minister Abe

President-elect Trump to meet Japan’s Prime Minister Abe

by WorldTribune Staff, November 17, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump was scheduled to hold an “informal” meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York on Nov. 17. Kellyanne Conway, a current member of Trump’s transition team, said the nature of the meeting would be “informal” since President Barack Obama is still in the White […]

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Rodrigo Duterte was reputed as a killer long before his election as president of the Philippines five months ago. He countenanced the slaughter of hundreds of drug addicts and dealers while mayor of Davao, the major port city on the rebel-infested southern island of Mindanao, and has applauded the […]

Surge in North Korean rocket tests strains limits of Japan’s missile defenses

by WorldTribune Staff, October 4, 2016 North Korea’s ballistic missile technology is progressing at a pace that could pose a major problem for Japan’s missile defense capabilities, Japanese military sources say. The Kim Jong-Un regime in Pyongyang has test fired 21 ballistic missiles since the start of the year, leaving Tokyo unsure it could fend […]

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