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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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Asian wars and the American psyche: From a truce in South Korea to defeat in Vietnam

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Anniversaries have their special appeal. The first anniversary on April 16 of the sinking of the Sewol off South Korea’s southwestern coast evoked emotions of outrage and sadness over the loss […]

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North Korea warms to Russia, with preparations for Kim visit to Moscow

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SE0UL — North Korea has stepped up efforts to bolster relations with Russia, which has impacted calculations by China and South Korea on their ties the reclusive nation. Top Pyongyang officials have visited […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors in the […]

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Saigon 1975 — Imagine a different ending

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s been forty years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long […]

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N. Korea deploys hackers overseas with day jobs as traders, engineers

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s state-run cyber war operations have expanded hacking attempts on South Korean nuclear power plants, city gas networks, subways and railways, according to intelligence officials and defectors. The cyber attacks […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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In Mao-like move, Xi recruits 10 million Internet youth ‘warriors’, rattles Hong Kong

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com A leaked internal document of the Communist Youth League (CYL) – the youth wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – has exposed plans by Chinese authorities to recruit more than 10 million […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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