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Xi lures South Korea and Japan to join other U.S. allies at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing’s success in luring a number of key American allies to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has illustrated yet again Washington’s apparent failure to rein in the Xi Jinping administration’s ambitious […]

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Former Japan PM visits Crimea, endorses Russia’s annexation

Ex-Japan PM defends referendum in Crimea as constitutional

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior Japanese statesman shocked many with his visit to Crimea on March 11, where he publicly praised Russia’s annexation. Yukio Hatoyama was Japan’s prime minister briefly from September 2009 to June 20110. […]

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Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

U.S. Ambassador , FYI, Japan Times, EXTRA, Hodo-bu Hongo reports, image photos, Sept. 2, 2009. MIURA PHOTO.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the […]

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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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Extensive groundwork for Xi-Abe meeting could prove consequential … or not

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing has all but confirmed that President Xi Jinping and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have their first-ever tete-a-tete in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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New arms-exporter Japan finds receptive market among ASEAN nations

Japanese patrol vessels are loaded at the port of Yokohama for delivery to Indonesia.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Japan and the ten ASEAN member states have agreed to hold talks in late September to discuss how to enhance the security relations. The talks are expected to focus on how Japan could expedite arms sales […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Seoul: Tokyo-Pyongyang breakthrough could undermine sanctions against N. Korea’s WMD program

North Korean chief delegate Song Il-Ho, left, and his Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara arrive for talks in Stockholm, Sweden.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The recent North Korean-Japanese agreement could undermine the U.S.-led international sanction regime aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile activities, government sources and analysts here say. Under a surprise accord announced May 29, […]

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