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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after […]

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Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Mohammad Bagher Nobakh.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman […]

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Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Tsai Ing-wen.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Jan. 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – and the U.S. Ironically, the election of […]

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China warns Soros against ‘declaring war’ on its currency

George Soros.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com China has warned “financial predator” George Soros not to bet against its currency. “Soros’ challenge against the renminbi and Hong Kong dollar is unlikely to succeed, there is no doubt about that,” said a government official in […]

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Iran, China agree to strategic ties, $600 billion trade revival of ‘Silk Road’

China's Xi Jinping and Iran's Hassan Rohani in Teheran on Jan. 23.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Chinese president Xi Jinping (foreground left) and Iranian President Hassan Rohani (foreground right) in Tehran on January 23. Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Iran and China have agreed to expand bilateral […]

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Khamenei celebrates capture of U.S. sailors as ‘God’s deed’, welcomes closer ties with China

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tehran on January 23, 2016. (AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran seeks closer ties to China as it “never trusted the West,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Jan. 23. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Teheran on Jan. 23, Iran’s supreme leader said the United States […]

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China’s Xi calls for Palestinian state, announces aid for region

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses members of the Arab League in Cairo on Jan. 21.  /AFP/STR

Special to WorldTribune.com Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing supports the creation of a Palestinian state. Xi made the pledge of support on Jan. 21 during a visit to Cairo, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper. The Chinese president said he […]

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Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi in Cairo on Jan. 20.  Xinhua/Ju Peng

Special to WorldTribune.com Chinese President Xi Jinping on Jan. 21 pledged billions of dollars in aid to Egypt as Beijing moved to boost its influence in the Middle East. “China supports Egypt’s efforts to maintain stability, develop the economy and […]

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A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un […]

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The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview […]

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