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New N. Korean official on National Defense Commission said to head missile program

Kim Jong-Un leads the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on April 9.  /KFAUSA

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Cho Chun-Ryong who recently joined in North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission is believed to be in charge of the country’s missile development programs, South Korean government sources said. Cho was named to the NDC at the first session of the newly-formed Supreme People’s Assembly on April 9. […]

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Tragedy and humiliation for a proud nation of achievers

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye meets families of Sewol Ferry passengers.

Special to By Donald Kirk, JINDO — A mother and her sister burst into hysterics, leaping up from the mat on which they had been resting on the floor of the gymnasium where hundreds were waiting for news of loved ones trapped aboard the sunken ferry boat. The two had just seen a […]

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Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to By Willy Lam, There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like atmosphere that has engulfed bilateral ties since late 2012. Last week, Hu Deping, son of late general secretary Hu Yaobang, held a private meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The older […]

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Analyst warns Chinese incursion could ‘drain’ critical Israeli tech

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8.  /Reuters/Jason Lee

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has undergone a debate over whether to allow major Chinese penetration in the business sector of the Jewish state. Chinese companies, which began their effort in 2010, have sought controlling shares of major Israeli producers, most of them non-defense firms. One Chinese company, Bright Food, has been […]

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Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two might form an alliance and fight the third one, the odd man out. Rather than […]

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The purge that has filled N. Korean gulags and the nation-wide power base that triggered it

A number of officials in the Administration Department of the Workers’ Party linked to Jang Song-Thaek have either been executed or sent to gulags.

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is closing in on his goal of eliminating the network of his late uncle and associates by the April 15 birthday of his grandfather Kim Il-Sung, sources and media reports here said. The North’s once powerful Administration Department of the Workers’ Party headed […]

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Beijing makes a point of delivering pointed remarks to the visiting Chuck Hagel

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7. /

Special to By Willy Lam, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Beijing will be remembered as the first time that People’s Liberation Army generals publicly lectured a top official of the United States. Responding to remarks made by Hagel earlier this week about the U.S. standing by Japan and other Asian allies against […]

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China gets vulgar about White House meeting with Hong Kong leaders

Martin Lee and Anson Chan meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Special to Traveling to the U.S. to appeal to foreigners was a bad move made by Hong Kong’s pan-democracy advocates, China’s state media said in a series of rhetorical blasts against Martin Lee and Anson Chan. The two prominent pro-democracy leaders met the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in the White House last […]

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S. Korean president makes case for ‘roadmap’ to unification in Dresden, Germany

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye proposes "roadmap" to reunification on March 28 at the Dresden University of Technology.  /AP

Special to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said an ‘economic bonanza’ would result from the unification of North and South Korea. Park used her trip to the former East German city of Dresden to unveil a package of proposals calling for bolstering exchanges with North Korea to lay the groundwork for reunification of […]

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China invests heavily in Sudanese energy sector, infrastructure


Special to CAIRO — China and Sudan have agreed to expand crude oil exploration. The two allies signed several agreements to explore for oil in the Arab state. Under the accords, signed last month, China would fund the exploration projects, expected to be conducted by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. Officials said China, […]

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