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Overlooked clues about Xi’s last-minute Seoul visit reveal stresses

Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan, center, with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The hurriedly-arranged state visit to Seoul by China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping, scheduled to take place July 3 to July 4, indicates that unexpected, even seemingly insurmountable disagreements between the two countries, have surfaced to […]

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Shifting short-term alignments in NE Asia may have long-term consequences

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye welcomed China’s President Xi Jinping on his 2-day visit beginning July 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Alliances and policies have a way of shifting quickly, at opportune or even inopportune moments. What’s China’s President Xi Jinping doing in Seoul this week, and why are the Japanese talking to the […]

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In shot at Japan and a calculated snub of ‘boy emperor’ Kim, Xi Jinping sets visit to South Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, left, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on June 27, 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea in early July heralds a new era of China’s relations with both Koreas. Traditionally, a new Chinese head of state would first visit the DPRK — with […]

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Exploiting tragedy for political gain in Seoul, South Korea

Demonstrators in Seoul blamed the government of President Park Geun-Hye for the ferry disaster.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The tragedy of the sunken South Korean ferry the Sewol is now old news. The international press barely covers the long aftermath as divers look for the last missing bodies. The […]

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Chilling reminder from UN: North Korea conducted only nuclear tests this century

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UNITED NATIONS — Reflecting the importance of the ongoing efforts to prevent nuclear non-proliferation, the Security Council has reaffirmed its tough stance against the development and transfer of technical components among “non-state actors,” namely terrorist groups, to produce nuclear, chemical […]

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A high-performing modern country’s crisis: How to fix its feudal human infrastructure

Nightmarish recovery operations continue for the Sewol Ferry tragedy.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The seas were running quite high when I took a small ferry from Mokpo, a port city on South Korea’s southwestern coast, to the idyllic island of Jeju a month before the tragedy […]

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Tragedy and humiliation for a proud nation of achievers

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye meets families of Sewol Ferry passengers.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com JINDO — A mother and her sister burst into hysterics, leaping up from the mat on which they had been resting on the floor of the gymnasium where hundreds were waiting for news […]

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Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two […]

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S. Korean president makes case for ‘roadmap’ to unification in Dresden, Germany

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye proposes "roadmap" to reunification on March 28 at the Dresden University of Technology.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said an ‘economic bonanza’ would result from the unification of North and South Korea. Park used her trip to the former East German city of Dresden to unveil a package of […]

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In quest of the perfect insult: Fun and games for N. Korean linguists

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and German Chancellor Angela Merke in Berlin on March 26. Parallels between German and Korean unification is not an amusing prospect for N. Korean propagandists. /Yonhap

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The people who write for the Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang must be having fun. How else can you account for some of the great turns of phrase that show up in […]

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