Who blinked? Tough talk on Asia tour earns Tillerson warm reception in Beijing

Who blinked? Tough talk on Asia tour earns Tillerson warm reception in Beijing

by WorldTribune Staff, March 19, 2017 A trip to Asia that began with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bluntly warning that the U.S. policy of “strategic patience” with the rogue regime and Chinese strategic ally in North Korea is no more, ended with Chinese President Xi Jinping hailing a “new era for constructive development.” […]

North Korea claims successful test of high-thrust rocket engine amid Tillerson Asia tour

North Korea claims successful test of high-thrust rocket engine amid Tillerson Asia tour

by WorldTribune Staff, March 19, 2017 North Korea’s state-run news agency reported that Pyongyang has successfully tested a “new type” of high-thrust rocket engine seen as a step closer to the realization of Kim Jong-Un’s vow to launch an ICBM this year. The reported test came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll assure China that THAAD presents no […]

Senators demand probe of Obama team’s interference in foreign elections

Senators demand probe of Obama team’s interference in foreign elections

by WorldTribune Staff, March 15, 2017 The Obama administration used U.S. taxpayer funds in an attempt to influence foreign elections and promote leftist causes abroad, according to a group of senators who are demanding that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson immediately launch an investigation. The Obama State Department appears to have sent some of the […]

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 […]

Japan weighs first strike capability as China warns U.S. against ‘head-on collision’ with North Korea

Japan weighs first strike capability as China warns U.S. against ‘head-on collision’ with North Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, March 8, 2017 Japanese lawmakers called on their nation to develop the ability to pre-emptively strike North Korean missile facilities, two days after three of four missiles fired from the communist nation landed in waters near Japan. “It is time we acquired the capability,” said Hiroshi Imazu, the chairman of the Liberal […]

Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate

Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Once upon a time, in an era that’s faded into the near-forgotten history of The Cold War, Moscow was the enemy, and those who believed otherwise were labeled “comsymps” for Communist sympathizers. The phenomenon of “the Red scare,” meaning the fears inflicted by the specter of “commies” […]

What jury duty with Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson was like

What jury duty with Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson was like

by WorldTribune Staff, December 14, 2016 The following is a Dec. 13 post by Emily Roden on the five days she spent serving jury duty in Denton, Texas with Donald Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. (Emily Roden is the wife of Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden.) “Nine years ago, I showed up to […]

Trump lines up team of strong leaders to replace Washington technocrats

Trump lines up team of strong leaders to replace Washington technocrats

by WorldTribune Staff, December 18, 2016 While some pundits see a clash of egos ensuing in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet, optimists believe the new administration will be, as designed, a coming together of a determined team of titans. Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University, said Trump is building a Cabinet in his own […]