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Young Kim's coming out is prime-time drama, North and South of the DMZ

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The conference of the Korean Workers’ Party in Pyongyang is beginning to look like a non-event and its postponement is raising searching questions as to what’s going on inside the Hermit Kingdom. There’s speculation, fueled by a report on YTN, the South Korean cable news, that Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]

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Ideological split surfaces in one of world's most secret political parties

Ideological split surfaces in one of world's most secret political parties

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A top priority of China’s labyrinthine propaganda apparatus is to convince Chinese and foreigners alike that the Chinese leadership is a picture of unity and camaraderie. Yet a sizeable chink in the armor was exposed by talks given in Shenzhen by Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao within a space […]

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Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

BEIJING (AFP) – Japan on Monday released the crew of a Chinese fishing trawler involved in a collision with two Japanese coastguard vessels in disputed waters, China’s state media reported. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between the Asian powers, with China calling off planned talks over oil and gas fields in a contested area […]

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Hit with regional blowback over its N. Korea policy, Beijng renews push for talks

Hit with regional blowback over its N. Korea policy, Beijng renews push for talks

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Hu Jintao has put pressure on Kim Jong-Il to re-start the Six-Party Talks during the North Korean dictator’s just-ended tour of two northeastern Chinese provinces.This is partly to offset the damage done to China’s international reputation due to Beijing’s refusal to condemn Pyongyang for its role in sinking the South […]

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Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

By Sol W. Sanders Japan’s ship of state has sailed into the perfect storm. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s leadership battle set for Sept. 15 will only contribute to the miasma. Whether Prime Minister Naoto Kan hangs on or challenger Ichiro Ozawa ousts him, neither has demonstrated a talent for attacking the country’s deep, […]

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Taiwan's HTC: iPhone's 'quiet' challenger

Taiwan's HTC: iPhone's 'quiet' challenger

BEIJING – East Asia is the world’s electronics factory, yet unless they are Japanese, producers are largely anonymous. Now HTC Corp., a Taiwanese maker of smart phones, is moving out of the shadows and trying to establish its own brand name as it competes with Apple’s iPhone. HTC supplies U.S. carriers Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile […]

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Old Bush hand points new finger of blame on sinking of S. Korean ship

Old Bush hand points new finger of blame on sinking of S. Korean ship

By Donald Kirk QUANTICO, Virginia – North Korea has found an advocate in a most unlikely place for its claim of innocence in the sinking of the South Korean corvette the Cheonan on March 26. How about the former chairman and president of the Korea Society, a forum in New York for cultural events, news […]

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]

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North Korea taps twitter for latest propaganda offensive

North Korea taps twitter for latest propaganda offensive

East-Asia-Intel.com North Korea, one of the world’s most impenetrable nations, has launched a new type of propaganda offensive by tapping highly popular network sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The isolated communist country opened an account with the global social media site Facebook, posting statements from its government and photos of the country’s urban […]