Report: Obama orders Pentagon to downplay ‘competition’ with China

Report: Obama orders Pentagon to downplay ‘competition’ with China

by WorldTribune Staff, September 28, 2016 The White House has ordered U.S. defense officials not to speak publicly about military competition with China, a report said. The directive comes from the National Security Council (NSC) and instructs Pentagon officials to replace the phrase “great power competition” with something less likely to aggravate China in official […]

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com Propaganda specialists surrounding President Xi Jinping are working overtime to burnish his reputation as a close-to-the-people savior who can best acquit himself of Chairman Mao’s “serve the people” credo. Xinhua News Agency over the weekend released a long dispatch on “the basic reform orientations” of Xi […]

Japan scrambles jets as China flies near disputed islands

Japan scrambles jets as China flies near disputed islands

by WorldTribune Staff, September 26, 2016 Japan scrambled fighter jets on Sept. 25 after eight Chinese planes flew back and forth over waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea. The Chinese planes flew over waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako-jima island near Taiwan, Japan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. Two of […]

Rise of Eurasia: From the Washington-centric era to Moscow, capital of history?

Rise of Eurasia: From the Washington-centric era to Moscow, capital of history?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs German Protestant pastor, theologist, and cartographer Heinrich Bunting published his masterpiece Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae (Travel Through Holy Scripture) In 1581. In the book, he included a special illustration/map titled “Die ganze Welt in einem Kleberblat/Welches ist der Stadt Hannover […]

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea is truly a schizophrenic state. All in a day we hear about the need for generous foreign donors to come to the rescue of thousands of victims of flooding in the Onsong district in the hard-scrabble northeast where life is tough in the best of times. Then, in […]

Did Barack Obama torpedo his own ‘Asia pivot’ strategy at G20?

Did Barack Obama torpedo his own ‘Asia pivot’ strategy at G20?

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Can the United States recover its position in East Asia and the Indo-Pacific, or has the tide turned, isolating Washington’s support base in the region? Growing evidence now points to the reality that the last major summit attendance of U.S. President Barack Obama — the G20 Leaders’ Summit […]

U.S. admiral hopes personal ties will assure continued access to South China Sea

U.S. admiral hopes personal ties will assure continued access to South China Sea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — The Chinese remain the great enigma when it comes to figuring out whether they’re friend or foe, honorable adversaries or dangerous rivals for power and influence from the Korean peninsula to the South China Sea and beyond. Nobody believes they’re doing much to discourage North Korea’s nuclear […]

Japan’s navy raises its profile in the South China Sea, conducts joint patrols with U.S.

Japan’s navy raises its profile in the South China Sea, conducts joint patrols with U.S.

by WorldTribune Staff, September 16, 2016 Warning of the global consequences of China’s “rule bending” in the South China Sea, Japan’s defense minister said Tokyo will increase its joint patrols with the United States. Japan also will increase bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Sept. 15 in a […]

China said likely to have provided North Korea with submarine missile

China said likely to have provided North Korea with submarine missile

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com A submarine-launched missile that was successfully test-fired by North Korea last week likely was provided to the Kim Jong-Un regime by China, a U.S. analyst said. Bruce Bechtol, a North Korea analyst at Angelo State University in Texas, said the North’s SLBM, known as KN-11, looks like a “carbon copy” […]

China and Russia did what came naturally: Fill the vacuum of power created by Obama administration

China and Russia did what came naturally: Fill the vacuum of power created by Obama administration

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Revelations that the People’s Republic of China was developing a next-generation, long- range strategic bomber and a so-called sixth- generation fighter aircraft should have come as no surprise to Western defense leaders. The news has, however, been met with skepticism and incredulity. And […]

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