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Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Photo taken from a military plane shows China's reclamation activity at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Ritchie B. Tongo / AP

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 […]

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Saudi cleric on ISIL hit list shot in Philippines

Medical personnel wheeling Saudi preacher Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni (centre) into the hospital after an assassination attempt in Zamboanga on March 1.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com A prominent Saudi cleric who is on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hit list was shot and wounded in the Philippines on March 1. Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni and Saudi diplomat Sheikh Turki Assaegh were both […]

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

Japanese ships during an Oct. 18, 2015 fleet review off Sagami Bay.  /AFP

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 […]

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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

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 […]

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Stephen Bosworth, ‘consummate diplomat’ brought his values to the table

Stephen Bosworth, U.S. diplomat.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com American ambassadors to South Korea pursue a fine line between defense of the U.S.-Korean alliance and pursuit of North-South reconciliation. If they seem hell-bent on military goals, they’re accused of trying to push […]

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South Korean president walks tightrope on North-South strategy, left-right domestic politics

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye at her inaugural dinner in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 25, 2013.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com President Park Geun-Hye is pursuing a fight-talk strategy. On Monday, South Korean gunners staged a live-fire exercise in waters well within hearing range of North Korea’s southwestern coast. Next, North and South Korean […]

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Obama calls on China to halt militarization, reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed to the opening plenary session by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Mast Irham/Pool Photo via AP)

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. President Barack Obama on Nov. 18 called on China to stop its land reclamation and military buildup in the South China Sea. “We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to […]

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Yankee, don’t go home just yet; Unlikely ‘strategic partnerships’ take shape in East Asia

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Here’s a twist on the shifting course of the recent military history of the region. The Philippines and Vietnam are about to become “strategic partners” in common cause against, yes, the Chinese. For […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

Korean T50s.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA ― War clouds hang over the South China Sea. The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear […]

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