Where does bankrupt North Korea get the cash for those skyscrapers and missiles?

Where does bankrupt North Korea get the cash for those skyscrapers and missiles?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S.-China relations are at their worst in years, and North and South Korean are not getting along either. In fact, relations between those two are at such a low ebb that two-way trade, once about several hundred million dollars a year, has almost ceased. Curiously, however, North Korean coal […]

China weighs ‘lunatic plan’: A permanent manned moon base

China weighs ‘lunatic plan’: A permanent manned moon base

by WorldTribune Staff, August 24, 2016 China is considering the construction of a permanent manned radar station on the moon. The base would feature a radar antenna 50 meters high and special astronauts’ quarters as well, the Chinese government said. Beijing scientists said the radar would be capable of generating 1.4 gigabytes of data per […]

Twilight zone: S. Korea missiles up against constant threats from the land of make believe

Twilight zone: S. Korea missiles up against constant threats from the land of make believe

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The prospect of a missile war between North and South Korea poses a threat to regional stability that previously seemed unimaginable. Images of North and South Korean gunners firing ballistic missiles at one another from redoubts far north and south of the demilitarized zone are edging closer to reality […]

China official shows up in Syria, praises Russia’s role in conflict

China official shows up in Syria, praises Russia’s role in conflict

by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2016 China, which says it has no interest in military involvement in Syria, is seeking closer military ties with President Bashar Assad’s regime, a Chinese official said. Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, met Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim […]

Movements toward war in the Far East: China-N. Korea face off with the U.S.-backed powers

Movements toward war in the Far East: China-N. Korea face off with the U.S.-backed powers

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk On the chessboard of Northeast, East and Southeast Asia, the players are inexorably arranging their pieces. A naval exercise, a warplane flyover, a flotilla of fishing boats, a missile launch ― all such gestures, bloodless today, evoke the image of great powers maneuvering for bloody moves tomorrow. It’s as […]

China continues island militarization despite international court ruling

China continues island militarization despite international court ruling

by WorldTribune Staff, August 10, 2016 An international tribunal’s ruling against China over contested reefs and atolls in the South China Sea has not stopped Beijing from continuing its military buildup in the sea, recently released satellite images show. China continues to build bases on islands it has reclaimed, and satellite images released on Aug. […]

Meanwhile in Siberia: Chinese planes overfly top secret nuke facility

Meanwhile in Siberia: Chinese planes overfly top secret nuke facility

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Four Chinese airplanes operated by the Chinese civil aviation authorities penetrated deep into Russia’s airspace on July 24. The planes flew over the forbidden city of Severst where the ultra-secret Siberian Chemical Combine is located, according to various Russian media reports. The Siberian Chemical Combine was built by the Soviet […]

NBA okay with China’s ‘abhorrent’ rights abuses but HB2 is ‘a bridge too far’, N.C. congressman charges

NBA okay with China’s ‘abhorrent’ rights abuses but HB2 is ‘a bridge too far’, N.C. congressman charges

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2016 The NBA’s pursuit of lucrative deals to hold games in China while canceling the league’s 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte reeks of “hypocrisy,” a North Carolina congressman said. In a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Rep. Robert Pittenger referenced the “Chinese government practice of forcefully harvesting vital organs […]

Days after DNC hack, Obama issues guidelines for countering cyber attacks by foreign powers

Days after DNC hack, Obama issues guidelines for countering cyber attacks by foreign powers

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The White House on July 26 issued new guidelines on how government agencies should respond to major cyberattacks. The announcement comes amid suspicion in the U.S. government that hackers working for Russia may have engineered the leak of e-mails stolen from the Democratic National Committee in […]

China bans internet news sites that were doing their own reporting

China bans internet news sites that were doing their own reporting

by WorldTribune Staff, July 26, 2016 The Chinese government has banned several online news portals that were producing original investigative reports. News services run by Sina, Sohu, NetEase and iFeng were shut down for publishing independent reports instead of carrying official, state-produced news, local media said. In February, President Xi Jinping toured state media outlets […]

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