Dictators’ Club: Xi Jinping blocks predecessors on choice of his successor

Dictators’ Club: Xi Jinping blocks predecessors on choice of his successor

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While General Secretary and President Xi Jinping has not yet been in office for one year, different factions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are already jockeying for position regarding the identity of Xi’s successor. It was late patriarch Deng Xiaoping who started the tradition called the “cross-generation […]

President Xi on the road promotes China as global power second only to U.S.

President Xi on the road promotes China as global power second only to U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Newly confirmed Chinese President Xi Jinping has demonstrated the flair if not also the substance of a strongman during his maiden overseas trip as head of state. Unlike his predecessor, ex-president Hu Jintao – who often appeared stiff and wooden while on foreign trips – Xi seemed to […]

Xi’s answer to America’s strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

Xi’s answer to America’s strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com General Secretary and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping is set to continue the “pro-Russian” policy of his predecessor, Hu Jintao, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership becomes more nervous than ever over Washington’s perceived “anti-China containment policy.” While meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Beijing on […]

Power struggle gives rise to top Chinese generals, hawkish foreign-policy statements

Power struggle gives rise to top Chinese generals, hawkish foreign-policy statements

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A ferocious power struggle among three of China’s most powerful figures — former President Jiang Zemin, current President Hu Jintao, and expected President Xi Jinping — has resulted in top generals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) acquiring unprecedented power. The extraordinary clout of the top brass of […]

China tends to its universally-despised, never-say-die Communist ally

China tends to its universally-despised, never-say-die Communist ally

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — China is mending fences with North Korea after signing off on “condemnation” of North Korea’s failed missile launch while the North ratchets up the decibel level of invective against South Korea and the United States. The confluence of revived warmth between North Korea and China and […]

Party puts PLA on high alert during Hu’s absence as coup rumors swirl

Party puts PLA on high alert during Hu’s absence as coup rumors swirl

East-Asia-Intel.com, March 28, 2012 Fear of a military coup and major uprisings prompted the highest uniformed officer in China’s leadership to issue an unusual statement warning the nation and the PLA to “more tightly unite around the Party’s Central Committee led by Comrade Hu Jintao.” Gen. Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the powerful Central Military […]

N. Korean response to Obama appeal at summit on blocking rocket launch: ‘No’

N. Korean response to Obama appeal at summit on blocking rocket launch: ‘No’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — President Barack Obama’s oratorical flights against North Korea’s plan to fire a long-range rocket next month may have pleased his South Korean hosts, but evoked little more than polite responses from the Chinese and Russians who exercise the most influence in Pyongyang. The failure of Team […]

Hu denounces U.S. ‘cultural imperialism,’ calls for ‘forceful measures’

Hu denounces U.S. ‘cultural imperialism,’ calls for ‘forceful measures’

Special to WorldTribune.com From East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese President Hu Jintao revealed Beijing’s continued his commitment to Communist ideology last week when he denounced what he called cultural imperialism from hostile Western forces. Hu told Communist Party members that hostile forces are seeking to divide and westernize China and called for opposing all efforts to change the […]

Taxpayer-backed Cadillac helped fund Chinese Communist propaganda film

Taxpayer-backed Cadillac helped fund Chinese Communist propaganda film

Lev Navrozov On Jan. 3, Yahoo! News published a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao, delivered at an annual policy meeting of the party’s Central Committee, “Hu: Hostile Forces Seek to Westernize, Split China” (by Gillian Wong, Associated Press). “Hu’s remarks are part of the Communist Party’s broader push to reinforce socialist principles in an […]

Amateur hour in year four

Amateur hour in year four

Sol W. Sanders Back in prehistory, during The Cold War, students of arcane Kremlinology — the science and art of trying to unravel what Winston Churchill called “a riddle wrapped in an enigma” — identified a dangerous heresy. “Mirror-imaging”, it was called, defined as attributing to Moscow our own motivations, rather than understanding Soviet Communist […]