Why Japan, but not South Korea, will help U.S. stop China’s takeover of Taiwan

Why Japan, but not South Korea, will help U.S. stop China’s takeover of Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The following by WorldTribune.com columnist Don Kirk, originally appeared in The Hill. The visit to Asia by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exposed one reality that many people did not realize: The United States cannot count on its ally, the Republic of Korea, for support if war breaks out in the Taiwan Straits. The United States, […]

Xi warns Biden in long phone call; Japan sends high level delegation to Taiwan

Xi warns Biden in long phone call; Japan sends high level delegation to Taiwan

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2022 Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping on Thursday warned Joe Biden not to “play with fire” by defying the communist regime in Beijing on the Taiwan issue. In what officials say was a two-hour and 17 minute phone call, Xi told Biden that “China firmly opposes separatist moves toward ‘Taiwan […]

Shinzo Abe’s legacy? Make Japan great again

Shinzo Abe’s legacy? Make Japan great again

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The following by WorldTribune.com columnist Don Kirk, originally appeared in The Hill. The assassination of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, deprived the Asia-Pacific region of a statesman whose greatest legacy is that of a staunch foe of China and North Korea. Americans may remember him as pro-American, an […]

China celebrated his assassination, but Abe’s legacy surged in Japan elections

China celebrated his assassination, but Abe’s legacy surged in Japan elections

by WorldTribune Staff, July 10, 2022 The shocking assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two days before a national election dealt a blow to his powerful anti-China political posture in Japan, but a new MAGA-like populist party has emerged. Even after he left office in 2020, Abe was a major obstacle to China’s […]

Japan’s top leader assassinated; Flashback — Shinzo Abe has a message for Joe Biden: Man up

Japan’s top leader assassinated; Flashback — Shinzo Abe has a message for Joe Biden: Man up

by WorldTribune Staff, July 8, 2022 Updated Japan’s former prime minister and most popular living statesman Shinzo Abe, 67, has been shot, a government spokesman said Friday, as local media reported he showed no vital signs. He was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. local time on July 8. “Former prime minister Abe was shot at […]

Another showdown in the South Pacific, 80 years on

Another showdown in the South Pacific, 80 years on

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The South Pacific is again a battleground. China is not nearly at the stage of taking over any of the 15 islands stretching across the region of Oceania, but it’s definitely disturbing the foes of Chinese expansionism. This week, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, is touching down on eight […]

Japan’s Shinzo Abe has a message for Joe Biden: Man up

Japan’s Shinzo Abe has a message for Joe Biden: Man up

Special to WorldTribune, March 10, 2022 by Gemki Fujii – Cambridge Forecast Group of Japan Although he is no longer Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe continues to be his nation’s most recognizable, influential and outspoken statesman, especially in recent months leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid rising concerns China would follow suit in […]

Sol W. Sanders, 96: Veteran correspondent specialized in Asia

Sol W. Sanders, 96: Veteran correspondent specialized in Asia

by WorldTribune Staff, February 19, 2022 A veteran foreign correspondent who specialized in Asian geopolitics passed away on Feb. 17, 2022. Sol W. Sanders, born in 1926, was a columnist for WorldTribune.com, before retiring in 2019. His last columns dealt with the surge of U.S. energy independence under President Donald Trump, the growing threat of […]

Japanese firm: Ivermectin effective in treating all variants of Covid

Japanese firm: Ivermectin effective in treating all variants of Covid

by WorldTribune Staff, February 1, 2022 Ivermectin has been found to be an effective anti-viral treatment against all variants of Covid, according to a Japanese conglomerate that is studying the anti-parasitic drug. Kowa Co. Ltd. issued a press release on Jan. 31 stating that, in working with Tokyo-based Kitasato University, its research found ivermectin has […]

Global economic growth faces pandemic and inflationary undertows

Global economic growth faces pandemic and inflationary undertows

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The global economy is hardly out of the woods yet. The resurgent Corona virus pandemic, coupled with labor shortages and an inflationary surge not seen in a generation, have served as an undertow to wider and sustainable economic growth. “The world is now two years into the COVID-19 […]

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