Focus of Pentagon’s 2020 budget all about China: U.S. ignored mounting threat ‘too long’

Focus of Pentagon’s 2020 budget all about China: U.S. ignored mounting threat ‘too long’

by WorldTribune Staff, March 17, 2019 The Pentagon’s proposed $718 billion budget for 2020 is designed in large part to counter the threat from China and its rapidly advancing military technology, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said. In presenting the Trump administration’s proposed 2020 defense budget to the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 14, […]

Chairman of Joint Chiefs: Google won’t work with Pentagon but offers ‘direct benefit’ to China’s PLA

Chairman of Joint Chiefs: Google won’t work with Pentagon but offers ‘direct benefit’ to China’s PLA

by WorldTribune Staff, March 15, 2019 Though it ended its cooperation with the Pentagon, tech giant Google has no problem boosting China’s military, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military and I’ve been very public on this issue […]

Venezuela’s tears as rogue powers block relief at UN

Venezuela’s tears as rogue powers block relief at UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The devastating double veto cast by both Russia and China to derail a U.S Security Council draft resolution providing humanitarian aid for impoverished Venezuelans reflected the latest round in a widening standoff between the socialist Caracas regime and the democratic opposition. And while the international […]

Xi warns Chinese against ‘erroneous thoughts’; Top actress grounded for poor ‘social credit’ score

Xi warns Chinese against ‘erroneous thoughts’; Top actress grounded for poor ‘social credit’ score

FPI, March 8, 2019 Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping and the Communist Party are stepping up demands for political loyalty from China’s 1.3 billion people. “Be on high alert to all kinds of erroneous thoughts, vague understandings, and bad phenomena in ideological areas,” the party warned earlier this year. “Keep your eyes open, see things […]

Losing cred with the state blocked travel plans for millions of Chinese last year

Losing cred with the state blocked travel plans for millions of Chinese last year

by WorldTribune Staff, March 4, 2019 A slogan repeated in Chinese state media says, “Once you lose trust, you will face restrictions everywhere.” People with poor social credit scores were banned from buying plane or train tickets 23 million times in 2018, a Chinese government report said. China’s National Public Credit Information Center reported that […]

Senators want Huawei’s tech banned from U.S. energy grid

Senators want Huawei’s tech banned from U.S. energy grid

by WorldTribune Staff, February 26, 2019 Sens. Marco Rubio and John Cornyn have written a letter calling on the Trump administration to ban the use of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s products in the U.S. energy infrastructure. Congress has already blocked the use of Huawei products in U.S. telecommunications equipment “due the company’s links to China’s […]

Communist Vietnam versus communist North Korea: No comparison

Communist Vietnam versus communist North Korea: No comparison

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk HANOI ― The slogan, “Hanoi, City for Peace,” would have seemed unimaginable when I was a correspondent in Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War nearly half a century ago. This capital of what we then called “North” Vietnam was the heart of a desperate surge southward that […]

China rebuffs Germany on joining nuclear arms control agreement

China rebuffs Germany on joining nuclear arms control agreement

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China made official its longstanding rejection of treaties that would control its nuclear weapons on Feb. 16 at the 55th Munich Security Conference. The most senior Chinese Communist Party leader to attend this annual conference, Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s request that China join the 1987 […]

Global index finds corruption eroding democratic institutions; U.S. drops out of top 20 least corrupt

Global index finds corruption eroding democratic institutions; U.S. drops out of top 20 least corrupt

by WorldTribune Staff, February 14, 2019 Two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed in the Transparency International (TI) 2018 global corruption index were rated as corrupt. The failure to curb corruption is “contributing to a worldwide crisis of democracy,” TI says. The 2018 research shows “a disturbing link between corruption and the health of democracies, where […]

Four decades after Deng Xiaoping’s victory tour of U.S., China again threatens Taiwan

Four decades after Deng Xiaoping’s victory tour of U.S., China again threatens Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Forty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping made a celebratory tour of the United States in the wake of the U.S. recognition of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Deng’s trip from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, 1979, started in Washington, and made stops in Atlanta, Houston and […]