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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Shipment from Qatar inaugurates new Chinese LNG terminal

Qatargas delivered the first cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China National Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Hainan LNG terminal.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has delivered its first cargo of liquefied natural gas to a leading Chinese terminal. QatarGas said it shipped LNG to the Hainan terminal, operated by China National Oil Corp. QatarGas said the shipment […]

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China media’s tribute to Xi’s ‘double-fisted’ foreign policy counters critics at home, SE Asia

A screen at a Beijing junction shows a speech by Xi Jinping.  /Wang Wei/EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A People’s Daily commentary on the one-and-half-year rule of President Xi Jinping has thus characterized the Chinese strongman’s unique approach to foreign policy: alternatively using tough and soft tactics so as to close the gap […]

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China non-combat personnel includes high-profile mistress-generals

People's Liberation Army soldiers perform a musical drama as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in August 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China has the world’s largest military force in terms of total number of personnel. However, the PLA also distinguishes itself for keeping a large number of non-combat military personnel who have often been promoted faster and […]

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‘Watershed’ takedown of Zhou gives Xi upper hand but risks counter-attack by ‘big tigers’

Zhou Yongkang in 2007 at the 17th National Congress when he was China’s public security minister.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While Xi Jinping has accomplished what the official media call a “watershed triumph” by taking out “super-big tiger” Zhou Yongkang, tell-tale signs have emerged showing that the supremo’s hold on power is far from complete. […]

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What the charges against ‘untouchable’ Zhou Yongkang reveal about China’s future ruling class

Zhou Yongkang with Xi Jinping at the NPC in March 2013.  /CNS

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com It is a credit to Xi Jinping’s Machiavellian genius that he has pulled off a major achievement in fighting corruption — which is universally regarded as the most serious problem of the party and state […]

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China’s Internet users now total 632 million, most using mobile phones

People use mobile phones in the Beijing Xuanwumen Subway Station.  /Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By East-Asia-Intel.com There are more than twice as many Internet users in China than the total population of the United States. The Chinese government announced that there are 632 million Chinese citizens who are Internet users on a […]

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Growing personality cult around Xi Jinping noted by enemies, has few precedents

A Tiananmen Square street vendor displays a souvenir with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chairman Mao Zedong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Even as Xi Jinping is extending the parameters of his anti-corruption drive, the official media is building up a personality cult around the President that is unprecedented since the demise of Mao Zedong in 1976. […]

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Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is winning him new enemies in the PLA

From left: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Gen. Xu Caihou and Gen. Guo Boxiong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A series of unusual happenings in the People’s Liberation Army has demonstrated that President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping is paying a heavy price for hitting out at “big tigers” among corrupt military officers. Late last […]

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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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