Economic powerhouse Taiwan has made ‘going green’ a national priority

Economic powerhouse Taiwan has made ‘going green’ a national priority

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Taiwan’s socio/economic success story is world renowned.  Yet an unfortunate byproduct of Taiwan’s rapid industrial development from the 1960’s through 1980’s involved considerable amounts of air and water pollution.  Taiwan’s next challenge strives to create a cleaner environment by widespread policies of going green. In […]

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Moon Jae-In has to be a master of the art of compromise. He was all for the latest watered-down UN sanctions that cut down but don’t cut off the flow of oil from China and Russia to North Korea. The U.S. would far prefer to see all the […]

Iraqi forces recapture ’70 percent’ of Tal Afar from ISIS militants

Iraqi forces recapture ’70 percent’ of Tal Afar from ISIS militants

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says government forces have recaptured 70 percent of Tal Afar, a stronghold of Islami State (ISIS) militants in northwestern Iraq. “God willing, the remaining part will be liberated soon,” Jaafari said at a news conference in Baghdad on Aug. 26. Gen. […]

As China fails North Korea test, Trump approves major arms sales to Taiwan

As China fails North Korea test, Trump approves major arms sales to Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The Trump administration on June 29 notified Congress that it had approved a major arms sales package for Taiwan to beef up the island democracy’s self defense against an aggressive Chinese military threat. According to Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the State Department, the package is worth $1.42 billion and […]

Why outsourcing the N. Korean crisis to China failed under W. Bush and will fail today as well

Why outsourcing the N. Korean crisis to China failed under W. Bush and will fail today as well

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang By many press accounts, how to cope with Pyongyang’s nuclear threat was the most urgent issue for discussion at the U.S.-China summit in Palm Beach, Florida on April 6-7. President Donald Trump has rejected his predecessor’s “strategic patience” concept and called for tighter sanctions against North Korea and […]

America first? Setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit with Donald Trump

America first? Setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit with Donald Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs People’s Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping will make an official visit to Washington, DC, perhaps as soon as April 2017, and it is being planned as a “muscular” demonstration of Beijing’s status, overshadowing all other Asian influences. The PRC team believes […]

Report: Obama blocked critical arms sale to Taiwan on same day as Trump phone call

Report: Obama blocked critical arms sale to Taiwan on same day as Trump phone call

by WorldTribune Staff, March 14, 2017 The Obama administration blocked a $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that was deemed important for the nation’s security on the same day then President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with Taiwan’s president, a report said. Avril D. Haines, the Obama White House deputy national security adviser, blocked the […]

Taiwan: An estimated 5,000 Chinese spies are in our midst

Taiwan: An estimated 5,000 Chinese spies are in our midst

by WorldTribune Staff, March 13, 2017 Taiwanese national security authorities estimate that 5,000 Chinese spies are already operating Taiwan and have successfully infiltrated government administrative offices. “As they have no mechanisms for reporting suspected espionage attempts, the risk of vulnerable civil servants being turned or compromised is substantial,” an official in the national security community […]

Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms. The annual Heritage Index of Economic Freedom saw the U.S. economy slip […]

Mattis makes unannounced trip to Baghdad as Iraqi forces advance on western Mosul

Mattis makes unannounced trip to Baghdad as Iraqi forces advance on western Mosul

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has arrived in Baghdad for a previously unannounced visit focusing on the effort to defeat Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Mattis’s arrival on Feb. 20 comes a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced a new phase in the operation […]

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