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Pyongyang's latest provocation causing cognitive dissonance in Beijing

Pyongyang's latest provocation causing cognitive dissonance in Beijing

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Kim regime’s latest attack on South Korea has demonstrated once again major weaknesses in Beijing’s North Korean policy. Despite the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration’s generous material and moral support, the Kim Jong-Il regime has refused to mend its roguish behavior. The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island — which came on […]

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China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

SEOUL – China warned on Friday against military acts near its coastline ahead of U.S.-South Korean naval exercises that North Korea, days after shelling a South Korean island, said risked pushing the region toward war. Beijing’s warning came as the Seoul government named a career soldier as its new defense minister amid mounting criticism of […]

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N. Korea fires on S. Korean island: At least two dead, buildings on fire

N. Korea fires on S. Korean island: At least two dead, buildings on fire

  SEOUL:  North Korea fired dozens of rounds of artillery toward South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island  near their shared western border Tuesday at 2:30 pm local time.  South Korea responded with 80 rounds of artillery, according to local media reports citing military officials.   Dozens of houses and building were on fire after the shelling, with some reports putting […]

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U.S. loses face in Seoul

U.S. loses face in Seoul

Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at this week’s G-20 meeting in Seoul? We can’t think of one. President Obama failed to achieve any of his main goals while getting pounded by other world leaders for failing U.S. […]

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At pre-summit summit U.S. opts for appeasement in exchange for post-summit verbiage

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com GYEONGJU, South Korea — On land and on sea, the United States is calling a temporary truce with China. First the U.S. Treasury Department decided against publicizing a damning report classifying China as a “manipulator” of its undervalued currency, and then the Pentagon cancelled another round of naval exercises in the […]

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Top defector found dead in Seoul on day of major parade in N. Korea

Top defector found dead in Seoul on day of major parade in N. Korea

SEOUL—The death of North Korean defector Hwang Jang Yop, the highest-ranking member of the Pyongyang elite to flee the country, leaves the exile community without its strongest voice just as the North’s authoritarian regime is beginning a risky transition of power. Mr. Hwang, 87 years old, was found dead in his home Sunday morning by […]

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In walkup to G-20, a game of nuclear chess on the Korean peninsula

In walkup to G-20, a game of nuclear chess on the Korean peninsula

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North and South Korea are playing a dangerous game of nuclear chess in which it’s hard to tell what’s more likely: another nuclear test or fresh talks on North Korea’s nukes. The nuclear give-and-take transpires amid the run-up to about the biggest event that Seoul has staged since the […]

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