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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 […]

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Kim Jong-Il ends secret trip to China in 35-vehicle motorcade

Kim Jong-Il ends secret trip to China in 35-vehicle motorcade

CHANGCHUN, China – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il left China’s northeastern city of Harbin on Monday in the latest leg of a secretive trip believed aimed at drumming up support for a succession plan involving his youngest son, news reports said. Reporters have followed a 35-vehicle motorcade — apparently used by the reclusive Kim […]

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Carter's peace mission rewarded only with hostage release as Kim heads to China

Carter's peace mission rewarded only with hostage release as Kim heads to China

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with North Korea’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan, at the airport in Pyongyang on Aug. 25. / Xinhua By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Kim Jong-Il could hardly have come up with a better excuse for snubbing former United States President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn […]

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Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com The setting was hardly one conducive to grand geopolitical discussion. There was tea — but no crumpets — in my tiny, less-than-fashionable Hudson Street West Village studio. It was 1951. I had just been cashiered as a scriptwriter for Voice of America, in part for ferociously advocating Vietnam’s independence. My […]

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World's most irresponsible power is coming in for a landing

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com There’s little good news for the world economy. The Fed is now cautioning a slowed recovery if not a double-dip recession. The Euro is again under pressure from its debt-ridden members. The UK is undertaking serious but politically dangerous surgery against its welfare state. Germany continues to pump out subsidized […]

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N. Korea, S. Korean 'Sunshine' leftists join forces against Lee's reunification plan

By Donald Kirk, WorldTribune.com SEOUL — Kim Dae-Jung would have loved it. On the first anniversary of the late South Korean president’s death on August 18, North Korea was denouncing the plan of the present, conservative incumbent Lee Myung-Bak for reunifying North and South as “ridiculous rhetoric”. The North Korean blast coincided with observances here, […]

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Suddenly, 'The China model' is not looking so progressive

Suddenly, 'The China model' is not looking so progressive

By Sol W. Sanders An outbreak of strikes in China’s high-tech industries may not constitute the Marxist ” revolutionary situation”. But they must alarm Beijing leadership, gripped in an unresolved transfer to so-called fourth generation leadership. Strikes are technically illegal in China. But the most publicized, a series of “walk abouts” at Honda, continues despite […]

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Israel, China cooperate on response measures to missile war

TEL AVIV — Israel and China have found another field of cooperation between their two militaries — civil defense. An Israel military delegation has conducted briefings in China on civil defense measures meant to counter a missile war. The delegation, which visited China in late June, was led by Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, head of […]