How China’s economic slowdown hit Brazil, other BRICS states

How China’s economic slowdown hit Brazil, other BRICS states

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff’s impeachment on May 12, 2016, was clearly due to consistent missteps by the president and her colleagues, but the underlying contribution to the Brazilian crisis — and crises in other countries — of the slowdown in the People’s […]

‘Click farms’: China’s propaganda hubs proliferate Facebook likes

‘Click farms’: China’s propaganda hubs proliferate Facebook likes

Special to WorldTribune.com Inside China, EastAsiaIntel.com While China’s 700 million netizens are blocked from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) English-language propaganda machine is harvesting social media fans around the world. Following top-down orders from president Xi Jinping to “tell China’s story” to the world, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are now rife […]

Religious freedom report: Worldwide upheaval encouraging ‘systematic’ intolerance

Religious freedom report: Worldwide upheaval encouraging ‘systematic’ intolerance

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015. According to the report released on May 2, the global refugee crisis, political strife, and economic dislocation have contributed to an increase in “societal intolerance.” The […]

Trump’s China policy: Will business as usual really protect U.S. interests?

Trump’s China policy: Will business as usual really protect U.S. interests?

Special to WorldTribune.com Donald Trump correctly asserted that President Barack Obama’s weakness has emboldened China, but the GOP front-runner has also hinted he will continue 1980s-era business-oriented approaches toward Beijing that have not worked, national security journalist Bill Gertz wrote. “Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, […]

Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Special to WorldTribune.com China’s economic downturn and government interference led billionaire investor Carl Icahn to dump his stake in Apple. “We no longer have a position with Apple,” Icahn told CNBC. Icahn came away with $2 billion after selling the stock. At one point last year, he owned 53 million shares worth $6.5 billion. Poorer […]

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a teleprompter] was a failure in his effort to move to a more “presidential” persona. One […]

Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Despite reports about challenges to his power, President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has quietly — and relentlessly — built up his personal faction centered upon cadres associated with the prosperous coastal province of Zhejiang. Members of the so-called Zhejiang Clique are tipped for large-scale promotions […]

Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has no coherent policy on China’s pursuit for total control in the South China Sea,” a key U.S. senator said. “We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has positioned itself as a geopolitical rival to the United States,” Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, […]

Report: U.S. challenged China, 12 other nations on navigation rights in 2015

Report: U.S. challenged China, 12 other nations on navigation rights in 2015

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States carried out “freedom of navigation” operations against China and 12 other countries last year, the Pentagon reported on April 25. China’s sovereignty claims and military buildup in the South China Sea were the main focus of the missions and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Navy would continue […]

Report: China plans floating nuclear power plants for S. China Sea expansion

Report: China plans floating nuclear power plants for S. China Sea expansion

Special to WorldTribune.com China is looking to build nuclear power platforms to “sail” to remote areas and provide a stable power supply for its ongoing military and construction activities in the South China Sea, a report said. China Shipbuilding Industry Corp is currently designing and building the platforms, according to a report by the Global […]

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