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Two tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

The late Lee Kuan Yew, right, greets South Korean President Park Geun-Hye daughter of former President Park Chung-Hee.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built […]

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China finally moves to mend fences with N. Korea to restore leverage

Liu Yunshan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China has decided to improve its strained ties with North Korea, which has been moving closer to Russia. China has recently set up three principles in dealing with the North: improvement […]

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Xi lures South Korea and Japan to join other U.S. allies at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing’s success in luring a number of key American allies to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has illustrated yet again Washington’s apparent failure to rein in the Xi Jinping administration’s ambitious […]

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CCP infuriated at favorite American China-watcher’s attitude change

Shambaugh

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Willy Lam was on travel this week. David Shambaugh, a China expert at the George Washington University, was praised only a couple of months ago by China as one of the top American […]

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Communist angst in Beijing: Economic reality threatens party’s ‘mandate of heaven’

Li Keqiang

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com While Premier Li Keqiang got 45 rounds of applause as he read out the annual Government Work Report at the opening of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, on March 5, there […]

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China uses hard cash loans to surpass U.S. trade ties with Latin America

XiBling

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Prospecting for new trading partners, pressing for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, and possessed by a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources,the People’s […]

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Xi Jinping orders generals to get with the program when conducting ‘military diplomacy’

XiToGenerals

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com President and commander-in-chief Xi Jinping has told generals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to abide by the instructions of the party leadership when waging “military diplomacy.” The policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC) […]

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Plagued by obesity jokes, PLA adds bodyweight as criteria for promotion

Maj. Gen. Mao Xinyu, grandson of Mao Zedong. / Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Willy Lam is away for New Years celebrations. The world’s largest military has not considered bodyweight as a factor for promotion — that is until now. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s departments of […]

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French jet fighter deal with Egypt causes heartburn in Beijing

Dassault Rafale fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the Egyptian Air Force jets were pounding ISIS targets in Libya to avenge the 21 beheaded Egyptian Christians, Cairo was signing a major deal with France to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters. […]

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Surge in jet fuel shipments to N. Korea, leads to spike in exercises

NKpilots

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China sharply increased jet fuel supplies to North Korea late last year, after sharply reducing shipments for the past two years. Sources here said the surge in supplies has led to […]

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