Ignoring Beijing’s warning, U.S. warship challenges China’s claim to artificial island in strategic waters

Ignoring Beijing’s warning, U.S. warship challenges China’s claim to artificial island in strategic waters

by WorldTribune Staff, May 25, 2017 In the first such freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump, a U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on May 24. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey sailed […]

New liberal government in Seoul seeks Pope’s backing for peace talks

New liberal government in Seoul seeks Pope’s backing for peace talks

by WorldTribune Staff, May 24, 2017 South Korea’s newly-elected President Moon Jae-In dispatched a delegation to the Vatican on May 23 on a mission to seek support from Pope Francis for North-South Korean peace talks. The delegation was led by Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-Joong, who also asked the pope to “pray for the improvement of […]

‘We will go to war’: Philippines leader says China’s Xi threatened him

‘We will go to war’: Philippines leader says China’s Xi threatened him

by WorldTribune Staff, May 21, 2017 When the Philippines declared its intention to drill for oil in the South China Sea, it got a warning from China – do so and “we will go to war.” Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that is what Chinese President Xi Jinping told him last week when the two […]

North Korea says new intermediate-range missile ready for deployment after latest test

North Korea says new intermediate-range missile ready for deployment after latest test

by WorldTribune Staff, May 22, 2017 North Korea said its latest test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile passed all technical requirements to enable the missile to be mass-produced and deployed, according to a state media report. The North said it successfully fired the Pukguksong-2 missile into waters off its east coast on May 21, its […]

U.S. deploys 2nd carrier to Korea as Chinese jets challenge ‘sniffer’ plane

U.S. deploys 2nd carrier to Korea as Chinese jets challenge ‘sniffer’ plane

by WorldTribune Staff, May 19, 2017 Two Chinese fighter jets on May 17 conducted an intercept of a U.S. “sniffer” plane that is part of allied operations to counter the growing North Korean strategic threat. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy confirmed the deployment of a second aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, near the Korean Peninsula […]

New S. Korean leader eager for summitry despite escalating U.S.-North Korean tensions

New S. Korean leader eager for summitry despite escalating U.S.-North Korean tensions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 16, 2017 Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-In said he would seek to engage with North Korea despite the Kim Jong-Un regime’s continued ballistic missile tests and Pyongyang’s rising dispute with the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. naval strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is staying near the Korean […]

Putin says ‘stop scaring’ North Korea: Kim celebrates new missile test, plays Russia card

Putin says ‘stop scaring’ North Korea: Kim celebrates new missile test, plays Russia card

by WorldTribune Staff, May 15, 2017 Kim Jong-Un was on hand and “hugged” his rocket scientists after what North Korean media hailed as the successful test of a “medium long-range” ballistic missile that is capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead. The jubilant North Korean leader promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that […]

Report: Latest N. Korea missile flew 30 minutes, landed between Russia and Japan

Report: Latest N. Korea missile flew 30 minutes, landed between Russia and Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, May 14, 2017 North Korea on May 14 tested a ballistic missile that went further and higher than an intermediate-range missile it tested earlier this year, a report said. Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be a new type. It flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea […]

New S. Korean intelligence chief secretly negotiated controversial summit with Kim Jong-Il

New S. Korean intelligence chief secretly negotiated controversial summit with Kim Jong-Il

by WorldTribune Staff, May 11, 2017 Suh Hoon, named as South Korean President-elect Moon Jae-In’s intelligence chief, played a key role in arranging summit talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il in 2000 and 2007. Suh “is widely seen as aimed at backing up the new leader’s bid to improve long-strained inter-Korean ties,” Yonhap news […]

Report: 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in Syria, most ‘under their own banner’

Report: 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in Syria, most ‘under their own banner’

by WorldTribune Staff, May 9, 2017 Some 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s western Xinjiang province are fighting in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China said. Ambassador Imad Moustapha told Reuters on the sidelines of a business forum on May 8 that while some of the Uighurs were fighting with Islamic State (ISIS), most were fighting […]

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