Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Who is in charge of China’s macro-level financial and economic policy? Most observers will say President Xi Jinping, who is head of the two highest-level decision-making bodies: the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economics (CLGFE) and the newly set up Central Leading Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms […]

China claims base with ‘military facilities’ in disputed Spratlys is to rescue fishing boats

China claims base with ‘military facilities’ in disputed Spratlys is to rescue fishing boats

by WorldTribune Staff, May 23, 2016 China is building a base in the disputed Spratly Islands for an advanced rescue vessel complete with drones and underwater robots. Chen Xingguang, political commissar of the ship, said the ship is scheduled to be deployed in the second half of the year, the official China Daily reported on […]

Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Special to WorldTribune.com By EastAsiaIntel.com On April 29, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi issued a joint statement objecting to the contemplated deployment in South Korea of the U.S. Theater High Altitude Area Defense [THAAD] missile interceptor system. But what is unusual is that the joint Russian-Chinese objection to THAAD […]

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Foreign policy is an integrated structure of assumptions, objectives and means. Critics of American foreign policy contend that the decisive factor of the failure of U.S. policy toward China has been the imbalance between political ends and military means. Professor Tang Tsou’s classical study “America’s Failure in China […]

How China’s economic slowdown hit Brazil, other BRICS states

How China’s economic slowdown hit Brazil, other BRICS states

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff’s impeachment on May 12, 2016, was clearly due to consistent missteps by the president and her colleagues, but the underlying contribution to the Brazilian crisis — and crises in other countries — of the slowdown in the People’s […]

‘Click farms’: China’s propaganda hubs proliferate Facebook likes

‘Click farms’: China’s propaganda hubs proliferate Facebook likes

Special to WorldTribune.com Inside China, EastAsiaIntel.com While China’s 700 million netizens are blocked from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) English-language propaganda machine is harvesting social media fans around the world. Following top-down orders from president Xi Jinping to “tell China’s story” to the world, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are now rife […]

Religious freedom report: Worldwide upheaval encouraging ‘systematic’ intolerance

Religious freedom report: Worldwide upheaval encouraging ‘systematic’ intolerance

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015. According to the report released on May 2, the global refugee crisis, political strife, and economic dislocation have contributed to an increase in “societal intolerance.” The […]

Trump’s China policy: Will business as usual really protect U.S. interests?

Trump’s China policy: Will business as usual really protect U.S. interests?

Special to WorldTribune.com Donald Trump correctly asserted that President Barack Obama’s weakness has emboldened China, but the GOP front-runner has also hinted he will continue 1980s-era business-oriented approaches toward Beijing that have not worked, national security journalist Bill Gertz wrote. “Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, […]

Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Special to WorldTribune.com China’s economic downturn and government interference led billionaire investor Carl Icahn to dump his stake in Apple. “We no longer have a position with Apple,” Icahn told CNBC. Icahn came away with $2 billion after selling the stock. At one point last year, he owned 53 million shares worth $6.5 billion. Poorer […]

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a teleprompter] was a failure in his effort to move to a more “presidential” persona. One […]

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