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The world according to China: Obama and Xi Jinping’s latest phone call

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s President Xi Jinping makes a careful distinction between U.S. President Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s OK to talk to the former, just not the latter. And so Xi and […]

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Panda images for target practice: Comrade Kim and Comrade Xi are not on the best of terms

Kim Jong-Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet on July 7.  /KCNA/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s military used images of panda bears as targets in an apparent show of Pyongyang’s displeasure with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul, according to news reports here. Images of pandas […]

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Warm words by Xi Jinping at the China-U.S. dialogue did not match his disturbing actions

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing on July 9.  /Feng Li/Getty Images/AsiaPac

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Even though President Xi Jinping has urged more “communication and cooperation” between his country and the United States, the on-going Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) between top officials from both sides has confirmed their “frenemy” […]

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Xi strikes again: China conducts the largest military purge since Mao

Gen. Xu Caihou is accused of taking money and property in exchange for promotions and other favors.  /Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On July 1, the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee of the CCP made a shocking announcement: Gen. Xu Caihou has been expelled from the Party and referred […]

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Next time you see that ‘made in China’ label, ask yourself where it came from

Chinese inmates at a labor camp in Fujian province.  /RFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com President Park Geun-Hye and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed on three core topics when they met last week in Seoul. North Korea should give up its nukes, China and Korea should vastly expand […]

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Shaky: Kim pardons thousands in Jang’s network because without them N. Korea could not function

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un observes an artillery exercise of the Hwa Islet Defense Detachment.  /Rodong Sinmun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has pardoned thousands of officials who were punished for their connections with his executed uncle Jang Song-Thaek. The action was taken to forestall potential chaos and encourage loyalty from […]

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Disturbing signs: Beijing seen preparing PLA to quash ‘revolt’ in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy demonstrators at a July 1 rally in Hong Kong.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Half a million Hong Kong residents took part in a demonstration on July 1 against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership’s adulteration of autonomous powers granted the Special Administrative Region (SAR) upon the reversion of […]

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Overlooked clues about Xi’s last-minute Seoul visit reveal stresses

Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan, center, with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The hurriedly-arranged state visit to Seoul by China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping, scheduled to take place July 3 to July 4, indicates that unexpected, even seemingly insurmountable disagreements between the two countries, have surfaced to […]

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Shifting short-term alignments in NE Asia may have long-term consequences

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye welcomed China’s President Xi Jinping on his 2-day visit beginning July 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Alliances and policies have a way of shifting quickly, at opportune or even inopportune moments. What’s China’s President Xi Jinping doing in Seoul this week, and why are the Japanese talking to the […]

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Seoul sees new N. Korean sea-skimming cruise missile as potentially ‘destabilizing’

A video screenshot shows the launch of a new North Korean cruise missile.  /Screenshot via KCTV

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has obtained a new type of “destabilizing” sea-skimming cruise missile with a range of 130 kilometers which could be difficult to detect and intercepted, a South Korean military source said. A […]

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