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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 WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com 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 WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com 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. /chinanews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com 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 WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com 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 WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com 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

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Special to WorldTribune.com 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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N. Korea predicts war next year, tests upgraded weapons systems

North Korea’s state television broadcast footage of leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech to troops on April 1.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly told troops to prepare for war next year to occupy South Korea. The youthful leader told military commanders early this year that an “armed confrontation could take place on the Korean peninsula in 2015,” South Korea’s biggest newspaper Chosun Ilbo said, citing [...]

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Loyalty drive pre-empted resistance to Xi’s selective PLA spring cleaning

Xu Caihou, left, is regarded as loyal to Jiang Zemin. At right is Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan. /SCMP/Simon Song

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping has orchestrated a large-scale loyalty campaign to ensure the success of his anti-corruption measures in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Military authorities announced early this week that Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan will shortly appear before a military court for corruption-related charges. A former deputy [...]

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Ukraine continues weapons sales to China in the midst of turmoil

Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the 6th largest arms export country in the world, Ukraine has counted China as its top customer for the past two decades. On March 25, a Russian-designed Il-78 aerial refueling tanker plane conducted a final test flight after a major upgrade before being delivered by Ukraine to [...]

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Student protestors warn China would do to Taiwan,what Russia did to Crimea

Student leader Lin Fei-fan speaks in Taiwan’s parliament during the ongoing protests opposing the controversial trade agreement with China, on April 5. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of thousands of “black-clad army” members rallied for democracy at Ketagalan Blvd. in front of the presidential office and streets nearby here on March 30. They wore black to symbolize what they call the “black box” (no transparency and no due process) decision-making of [...]

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