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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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Ironies abound in Subic Bay and Vietnam: U.S. Navy welcomed back with open arms

The USS Shiloh sailed into Subic Bay this week.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SUBIC BAY, Philippines ― The presence here of the USS Shiloh, a cruiser laden with missiles and cannon, reminds visitors of a bygone era. It was almost 25 years ago that the U.S. […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors 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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