Best of Lev: A school fable, recalled after election of 44th U.S. president

Best of Lev: A school fable, recalled after election of 44th U.S. president

THE BEST OF LEV NAVROZOV Lev Navrozov,Nov. 12, 2008 Lev Navrozov emigrated from the Soviet Union with his family in 1972. He so cherished the freedom of press he found here that he dedicated his remaining years to alerting otherwise-oblivious Americans to the global context of news. The following column was published Nov. 12, 2008. […]

The geopolitics of African resources: China plotting to tap them in new, ‘de-Americanized world’

The geopolitics of African resources: China plotting to tap them in new, ‘de-Americanized world’

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South Sudan and the Central African Republic via Cameroon. In other words, this creates a flow to Atlantic sea […]

Turkey’s missile defense deal with notorious ‘China Precision Machinery’ worries U.S.

Turkey’s missile defense deal with notorious ‘China Precision Machinery’ worries U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The U.S. government has sent NATO ally Turkey a message expressing “serious concerns” over Ankara’s decision to choose a Chinese state-run weapons firm to co-produce an air and missile defense system known as the Red Flag-9 or HQ-9. China is still under sanctions by the U.S. and most European Union nations. […]

Obama’s no-show felt by longstanding U.S. allies in emerging ‘Chinese theme park’

Obama’s no-show felt by longstanding U.S. allies in emerging ‘Chinese theme park’

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — People’s Republic of China president Xi Jinping went on a charm offensive in Southeast Asia, preening and posturing about the widening role Beijing plans to play in the business of this vital region. United States President Barack Obama was stuck back in Washington pouting and posturing over the partial […]

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Beijing has ratcheted up its rhetoric against alleged efforts by the United States to “interfere” in the political development of Hong Kong. The special administrative region (SAR) of Hong Kong is scheduled to hold general elections in 2017 to pick its chief executive (CE), whose status is equivalent […]

Sports at center of Kim Jong-Un’s new communication strategy at home and abroad

Sports at center of Kim Jong-Un’s new communication strategy at home and abroad

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The regime of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un has turned to sports as the tool to shape his image of a genial and friendly leader at home and mend fences with South Korea and the United States, officials and analysts here say. The initiatives range from inviting former […]

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com China is aggressively pressing its global positioning service, known as the Beidou, into service throughout the entire Southeast Asia region. The goal is to extend coverage regionally, before achieving global coverage by 2020. China views Southeast Asia as key to countering the influence of the United States and […]

In poll, Japan rebuffs China’s claim to islands; Abe’s approval rating soars

In poll, Japan rebuffs China’s claim to islands; Abe’s approval rating soars

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com One year after China’s government erupted over Japan’s decision to buy three islands in the Senkaku chain from private investors, a decision dubbed by politicians as “nationalization,” a whopping 69.6 percent of Japanese in a recent public opinion poll endorsed the government’s action. Respondents to the poll clearly put blame for […]

Dennis Rodman’s ‘friend’ in Pyongyang and the only real fix for Syrian WMD: The Israelis

Dennis Rodman’s ‘friend’ in Pyongyang and the only real fix for Syrian WMD: The Israelis

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Dennis Rodman while in North Korea might have asked his friend “Kim” about North Korea and Syria. Too bad he missed the chance, along with any notion of getting “Kim” to “do me a solid,” as he once put it, and let him bring Kenneth Bae out of […]

Harsh punishment not likely for Bo Xilai and ‘red aristocracy’ members targeted by anti-graft campaign

Harsh punishment not likely for Bo Xilai and ‘red aristocracy’ members targeted by anti-graft campaign

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While the official Chinese media have claimed that the trial of former Politburo member Bo Xilai testifies to the Xi Jinping leadership’s commitment to fighting graft, it is unlikely that “tigers” among venal cadres will be nabbed any time soon. There is a well-known “mutual protection clause” within […]