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U.S. warned not ‘to violate territorial waters’ China now claims

Satellite photo shows airstrip construction at Fiery Cross Reef.  /CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Special to China warned against any “provocative actions” in what it claims as its territorial waters a day after the Pentagon said it was considering sending warships close to China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea. A U.S. […]

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Pentagon set to send U.S. warships to China’s artificial islands

Before and after satellite images taken in August 2014 and January 2015 show the emergence of a large island at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.  /CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS

Special to Pentagon officials are planning to send U.S. warships near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea if the White House approves, officials told the Navy Times. A U.S. defense official said that the U.S. […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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Cyber combat ops now seen as half-trillion dollar growth industry

Lugano, Switzerland

Special to The cost of cyber attacks reached one half trillion dollars globally last year with no end in sight, said former CIA analyst Jack Caravelli at a conference in Switzerland. An underground growth industry driven by the expanding […]

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Kim Jong-Un propaganda said to fall flat with North Korean youth

Male university students in North Korea were required to have the same haircut as Kim Jong-Un.

Special to North Korea’s young leader appears to have a popularity problem with the country’s young residents. According to a report in the Daily NK, North Korean students “do not even consider Kim Jong-Un to be a real leader.” […]

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Chinese president snubs Mark Zuckerberg’s request to name his unborn child

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.  /Bloomberg

Special to Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009. And now Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s request for an honorary Chinese name for his unborn daughter has been blocked by China’s president. At an exclusive White House soiree on […]

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China’s new ally in controlling religious expression — Pope Francis?

Pope Francis.  /Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Special to Atheist China has had no official relations with the Vatican since 1951, but that may soon change. While the paths of Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not cross when both men recently visited the […]

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Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

David Halberstam of the New York Times, Malcolm Browne of AP, and Neil Sheehan of UPI between helicopter lifts in the Mekong Delta in 1963. / AP / Wide World Photos.

Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear […]

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Xi Jinping regime fires back at Hillary Clinton’s ‘China-bashing’ tweet

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets China's then Vice-President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 3, 2012.

Special to Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party regime did not care for a tweet by Democrat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton, seeking her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, tweeted on Sept. 27: “Xi hosting a meeting on women’s rights at […]

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Two shepherds with flocks of 1.2 billion each pay first visits to U.S., UN

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Both Pope Francis and China’s President are visiting the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths will nearly intersect, but not touch, in New York at the […]

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