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Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Carl Icahn.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com China’s economic downturn and government interference led billionaire investor Carl Icahn to dump his stake in Apple. “We no longer have a position with Apple,” Icahn told CNBC. Icahn came away with $2 billion after selling the […]

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The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Donald Trump at the National Press Club on April 27.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a […]

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Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

China's Xi Jinping in east Zhejiang province, on May 25, 2015. / Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Despite reports about challenges to his power, President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has quietly — and relentlessly — built up his personal faction centered upon cadres associated with the prosperous […]

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Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Sen. Bob Corker

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has no coherent policy on China’s pursuit for total control in the South China Sea,” a key U.S. senator said. “We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has […]

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A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

By letting his cameras tell the rest of the story, Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky committed an act of stealth journalism that left his North Korean handlers fuming. / Vitaly Mansky / IDFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime. Mansky, having given the […]

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Report: U.S. challenged China, 12 other nations on navigation rights in 2015

The USS Lassen recently sailed near China's artificial island on Subi Reef in the disputed sea, US defense officials said.  /U.S. Navy/Declan Barnes

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States carried out “freedom of navigation” operations against China and 12 other countries last year, the Pentagon reported on April 25. China’s sovereignty claims and military buildup in the South China Sea were the main […]

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Report: China plans floating nuclear power plants for S. China Sea expansion

Chinese development at Hughes Reef in the Union Banks, located in the northern Spratly Islands.

Special to WorldTribune.com China is looking to build nuclear power platforms to “sail” to remote areas and provide a stable power supply for its ongoing military and construction activities in the South China Sea, a report said. China Shipbuilding Industry […]

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By ‘invitation’ only: North Korea’s blunt force approach to foreign language education

The father of Japanese abductee, Megumi Yokota, holds a picture of his daughter at 13 and then at 20 in North Korea. / Koichi Kamoshida / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Koreans some years ago had an unusual way of acquiring professional expertise in teaching people foreign languages. Rather than advertise for teachers, they kidnapped native speakers. Most of them were Japanese, but […]

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U.S. protests after Chinese military plane lands on S. China Sea island

The Chinese military aircraft transported the three sick civilian workers.  /China News Service

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States voiced its objection to China’s use of a military plane to land on a South China Sea man-made island in what Beijing claimed was a mission to evacuate three severely ill construction workers. “We’re […]

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S. Korean president to visit Iran, longtime secret N. Korean strategic partner

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Park Geun-Hye is due to become the first South Korean president to visit Iran, according to her office. Park’s office said on April 18 that she and Iranian President Hassan Rohani […]

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