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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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North Korea warms to Russia, with preparations for Kim visit to Moscow

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SE0UL — North Korea has stepped up efforts to bolster relations with Russia, which has impacted calculations by China and South Korea on their ties the reclusive nation. Top Pyongyang officials have visited […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors in the […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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In Mao-like move, Xi recruits 10 million Internet youth ‘warriors’, rattles Hong Kong

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com A leaked internal document of the Communist Youth League (CYL) – the youth wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – has exposed plans by Chinese authorities to recruit more than 10 million […]

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Aerospace whiz named No. 1 official of Shenzhen, Hong Kong’s giant neighbor

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Ma Xingrui, a fast-rising high-tech whiz turned politician, has parachuted into the Shenzhen special economic zone (SEZ) as Party Secretary. The latest appointment of the 56-year-old designer of space vehicles has immense significance […]

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Superwasp: The life and times of Jean-Paul Getty’s man in the Far East

Jean-Paul Getty in 1975. / David Caulkin / AP

By  Sol W. Sanders “Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, are trying to determine whether foul play was involved.” (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2015).  Jean-Paul Getty’s Tokyo representative and Andrew Getty’ […]

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Xi sidelines his vice president, accumulates more power, makes new enemies

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com It has been an ingrained tradition for American vice-presidents to complain that their main job is attending state funerals in other countries. Given the fact that the Xi Jinping administration has reiterated that […]

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Daydream believers: Tapped out world economy now rushes to bail out China

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, right, and China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai in Berlin announcing that Germany will be a founding member of a new international development bank backed by China. / Reuters

Sol W. Sanders A most peculiar crisis is developing for the Chinese economy – and, indeed, for the regime – while the world’s attention is riveted on the chaos and terror in the Mideast and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Not the […]

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