Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, in blow to increasingly bellicose China

Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, in blow to increasingly bellicose China

by WorldTribune Staff, March 18, 2018 President Donald Trump on March 16 signed legislation which calls for the U.S. government to support expanded official visits to and from Taiwan “at all levels.” China voiced its displeasure with Trump’s signing of the Taiwan Travel Act, saying that it “severely violates the one-China principle, the political foundation […]

Give President Trump credit for confronting North Korea on its horrific rights record

Give President Trump credit for confronting North Korea on its horrific rights record

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Whenever experts talk about “confederation” or “reunification” between North and South Korea, they overlook the fate of tens of thousands of people confined to prison camps in the North for offenses that might threaten the regime. Examples of such “crimes” include Christian worship, possession of a bible […]

Chairman Xi’s ‘China Dream’ whether anyone else likes it or not

Chairman Xi’s ‘China Dream’ whether anyone else likes it or not

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Following the celebratory Lunar New Year holidays, China’s ruling Communist Party announced that Chairman Xi Jinping, the current President, would be allowed to stay in office beyond the constitutionally proscribed two-term limit. A tweaking of the constitution would allow in effect Xi, who assumed power […]

Germany, China, U.S. introduce behavior ratings: Algorithms decide which individuals deserve benefits

Germany, China, U.S. introduce behavior ratings: Algorithms decide which individuals deserve benefits

by WorldTribune Staff, March 4, 2018 Governments are testing rating systems for each individual’s value which dole out or withhold benefits based on how people perform, an analyst said. “We live in a world where judgment is being replaced by numbers – by scores that calculate the value of a human being, with the help […]

U.S. ‘uneasy’: China issues taunt as Vinson carrier group heads for South China Sea

U.S. ‘uneasy’: China issues taunt as Vinson carrier group heads for South China Sea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct A report in Beijing’s state media said China’s increasing military “competitiveness” is making the United States “uneasy” and is contributing to the Americans’ need for more muscle flexing, namely the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to the South China Sea. The U.S. carrier group, which includes […]

Social media storm hits Xi’s power grab: ‘We’re going to become North Korea’

Social media storm hits Xi’s power grab: ‘We’re going to become North Korea’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 26, 2018 Social media users, already banned on U.S. platforms, compared the Chinese Communist Party’s move to pave the way for President Xi Jinping’s long term reign to the ruling dynasty in North Korea. “Argh, we’re going to become North Korea,” wrote one Weibo user. “We’re following the example of our […]

Red Chinese green-light Xi Jinping’s open-ended reign

Red Chinese green-light Xi Jinping’s open-ended reign

by WorldTribune Staff, February 25, 2018 The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has proposed ending term limits for the offices of president and vice president. In a move that would cement President Xi Jinping’s rule beyond a second five-year term, state-run Xinhua News Agency said that the Central Committee on Feb. 25 […]

Korean chessboard moves into the post-Olympics phase

Korean chessboard moves into the post-Olympics phase

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Now the real games begin; the interplay between North and South Korea and between the U.S. and both Koreas. The players may have shifted some of the pieces around the chessboard during these most political of Winter Olympics, but it’s much too early to know what happens next, much […]

A strong Taiwan and U.S.-backed Asian democracies can counter China

A strong Taiwan and U.S.-backed Asian democracies can counter China

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang For decades Taiwan has enjoyed the widespread bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, no matter what the stance of the executive branch. When President Jimmy Carter established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), de-recognized Taiwan’s Republic of China(ROC) or KMT regime, and terminated the U.S.-ROC […]

Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Imagine an agency of the United States government directly choosing and appointing the Catholic Bishops of Washington D.C., St. Louis, Denver and Boston. In other American dioceses there’s close coordination between the fictional “American Religious Affairs Council” and the Vatican on choosing a particular prelate. […]