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South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Many Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool. Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, […]

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N. Korean military provocations on border seen as pressure tactics on South to ease sanctions

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea plans to increase military activities along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, sources and analysts here said. “A string of moves have been detected [indicating] that the North’s […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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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, EastAsiaIntel.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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New movment in Taiwan advocates the Swiss option: Armed neutrality

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Parris H. Chang Concerned that Taiwan’s security and sovereignty is being gradually negotiated away to Mainland China, a group of civic organizations has announced a new national strategy to promote Taiwan’s neutrality. Formally launched on Oct. […]

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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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Hong Kong’s battle of wills with Beijing: Where are all the other righteous Asian protesters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The demonstrations in Hong Kong are at a critical stage. In the spirit of democracy movements in Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, these protesters are not giving up. Unlike demonstrators elsewhere, those […]

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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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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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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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