Report: Key U.S. allies seek to block Obama’s transformation of nuclear doctrine

Report: Key U.S. allies seek to block Obama’s transformation of nuclear doctrine

by WorldTribune Staff, August 15, 2016 America’s major allies are calling on President Barack Obama not to change U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Japan, South Korea, France and the UK have all signaled their opposition to Obama’s planned “no first use” policy for the United States. Obama’s “last-minute drive for a foreign-policy legacy is making U.S. […]

Top court in Japan upholds blanket surveillance of country’s Muslims

Top court in Japan upholds blanket surveillance of country’s Muslims

by WorldTribune Staff, June 30, 2016 Japan’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for the government’s continued monitoring of Muslims in the country. In upholding the government’s blanket surveillance of Muslims, the court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they said was an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom […]

If MacArthur had prevailed over Truman: ‘No North Korea today, no nuclear threat … ‘

If MacArthur had prevailed over Truman: ‘No North Korea today, no nuclear threat … ‘

Special to WorldTribune.com Robert Morton WASHINGTON — If there was ever a moment when America needed a book about Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “this is definitely the time,”Hudson Institute Fellow Arthur Herman said yesterday. The author of “Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior” was at pains to explain why the towering American military legend continues to be so […]

China spy ship said ‘shadowing’ U.S.-Japan-India naval exercise

China spy ship said ‘shadowing’ U.S.-Japan-India naval exercise

by WorldTribune Staff, June 15, 2016 A Chinese vessel “shadowed” the USS John C. Stennis as the American aircraft carrier joined warships from Japan and India on June 14 for drills in the Western Pacific, officials said. “There is a Chinese vessel about seven to 10 miles away,” Cpt. Gregory C. Huffman, commander of the […]

By ‘invitation’ only: North Korea’s blunt force approach to foreign language education

By ‘invitation’ only: North Korea’s blunt force approach to foreign language education

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Koreans some years ago had an unusual way of acquiring professional expertise in teaching people foreign languages. Rather than advertise for teachers, they kidnapped native speakers. Most of them were Japanese, but they also captured likely candidates from Europe and the Middle East. Robert Boynton, a professor […]

Japan opens radar station near disputed islands, angers China

Japan opens radar station near disputed islands, angers China

Special to WorldTribune.com Japan on March 28 switched on a new radar station near disputed islands in the East China Sea that drew an instant rebuke from China. The new Japan Self-Defense Forces base is on the island of Yonaguni, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands […]

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The U.S.’ confrontation with an increasingly powerful and incipiently aggressive China is getting much more complicated. There is no question of its high priority among the U.S.’ foreign policy issues. But were you a Chinese strategist attempting to measure an American opponent’s intentions, the contradictory U.S. positions might […]

Report: China threat spurs ‘long overdue’ military upgrades throughout Asia

Report: China threat spurs ‘long overdue’ military upgrades throughout Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com Asian Pacific nations are spending big on “long overdue” military upgrades to counter the threat posed by China, according to a IHS Jane’s report. In 2015, nine of the 20 fastest-growing defense budgets were in the Asian Pacific, the report said. By 2020, total military spending in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is […]

Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after defeating U.S. forces in the Philippines at the outset of the war in the Pacific. […]

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