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N. Korea preparing miniaturized nuclear warheads for October military parade

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has adopted a resolution authorizing the showcasing of miniaturized nuclear warheads at a military parade in October, military sources and analysts here said. “The North has [signaled] that it […]

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Plagued by obesity jokes, PLA adds bodyweight as criteria for promotion

Maj. Gen. Mao Xinyu, grandson of Mao Zedong. / Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Willy Lam is away for New Years celebrations. The world’s largest military has not considered bodyweight as a factor for promotion — that is until now. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s departments of […]

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French jet fighter deal with Egypt causes heartburn in Beijing

Dassault Rafale fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the Egyptian Air Force jets were pounding ISIS targets in Libya to avenge the 21 beheaded Egyptian Christians, Cairo was signing a major deal with France to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters. […]

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Surge in jet fuel shipments to N. Korea, leads to spike in exercises

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China sharply increased jet fuel supplies to North Korea late last year, after sharply reducing shipments for the past two years. Sources here said the surge in supplies has led to […]

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Beijing foreign policy elites argue that U.S. policy is no longer the priority

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Even as President Xi Jinping’s closest advisers are preparing for his first official state visit to the United States this September, influential members of China’s foreign-policy establishment have argued that the country’s relationship […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm (or no stupid “stuff”) rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president […]

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Darfur, 2015: Hell without the cameras

UN investigators interview Darfour alleged rape victims in 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In recent years there’s been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail […]

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Official: Anti-Kim Jong-Un sentiment growing among N. Korea’s ruling elite

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — The young North Korean leader’s “reign of terror” and continued purges of ranking officials have given rise to “anti-Kim Jong-Un sentiment” among North Korea’s ruling elite members, a South Korean government […]

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As Korean crisis looms, a Kissingeresque ‘Peace-is-at-hand’ fix is the wrong answer

Le Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Comparisons between the Korean and Vietnam wars have always been misleading if not ridiculous, never more so than when Henry Kissinger, in a new documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” says that he and […]

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