USA lags again on global report card as East Asia runs away from the pack

USA lags again on global report card as East Asia runs away from the pack

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there’s an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably students in the United States don’t rate terribly well against their global peers, especially those in […]

Taiwan’s pro-China policies under Ma have benefitted neither its economy nor its people

Taiwan’s pro-China policies under Ma have benefitted neither its economy nor its people

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris Chang On July 20, Taiwan’s ruling party (Kuomintang or KMT) elected its chairman, and tens of thousands of its members were mobilized to vote for the incumbent — President Ma Ying-jeou. Pundits likened the election to a mid-summer festival political farce, as Ma was the only candidate on the ballot, […]

As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit

As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit

Sol W. Sanders   TAIPEI – The U.S.’ 50-year-old alliance with [Formosa] Taiwan is eroding slowly but surely in the face of Beijing’s siren call and growing indifference of the Obama administration. Yet at a moment when U.S. strategy ostensibly calls for a “pivot” toward Asia, the de facto alliance could never have been more […]

A modest solution to the China-Japan dispute over islands: They belong to Taiwan

A modest solution to the China-Japan dispute over islands: They belong to Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders TAIPEI – Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, former Taiwan vice president, proposes a demilitarized settlement of the East China islands flash point between China and Japan. In an interview with WorldTribune, Lu claimed Taiwan actually has the best claim to the Diaoyutai/Senkaku chain of uninhabited islands. Although China seems to […]

Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Iranian Air Force has surprised the U.S. military with the interception of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the interception of the U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator demonstrated the effectiveness of Iranian combat pilots. In a report, the […]

U.S. satisfied by significant reductions in Turkey’s oil imports from Iran

U.S. satisfied by significant reductions in Turkey’s oil imports from Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has removed the threat of sanctions from Turkey for its purchase of crude oil from neighboring Iran. The administration of President Barack Obama has exempted Turkey as well as six other countries from financial sanctions on Iran’s energy sector. Officials said the administration determined that Ankara was […]

Report: Taiwan weighs gamechanger with purchase of U.S. F-35B stealth jetfighters

Report: Taiwan weighs gamechanger with purchase of U.S. F-35B stealth jetfighters

Special to WorldTribune.com In a major policy reversal, Taiwan’s defense officials have indicated they may forego further upgrades to their current F-16A/B fleet and instead purchase the next-generation F-35B stealth fighter, according to Taiwan’s China Times. Taiwan’s mainstay combat aircraft is the F-16A/B block 20. Taiwan currently has 145 such advanced aircraft in service. However, […]