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China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the global charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan are tragically part of this gruesome […]

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John Kerry in war and peace: Allies must question reliability of U.S. support

John Kerry in war and peace: Allies must question reliability of U.S. support

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The U.S.-Korea relationship is about to undergo a major transition, and that’s not just because Lee Myung-Bak is stepping down after five years in which his American advocates professed their love for him even as his popularity sank ever lower at home. The big difference, from the U.S. perspective, is the […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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FTA a dirty word for S. Korean leftists

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON —The FTA (free-trade agreement) with the United States is an obscenity in the eyes of leftists in South Korea who believe their conservative government is foisting it on them. Hostility toward the KORUS FTA, as it is known, is such that the political and ideological foes of President Lee Myung-Bak […]

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Vietnam War scars fade as Seoul and Hanoi celebrate commercial, energy and strategic ties

Vietnam War scars fade as Seoul and Hanoi celebrate commercial, energy and strategic ties

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The image of South Korea’s highly conservative, arch-capitalist President Lee Myung-Bak waving happily in a sea of little paper flags featuring a gold star in a red field was just another ceremonial photo for the Seoul media. The picture, Lee smiling as he and Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang and wife […]

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Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response to 'new American threat'

Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response  to 'new American threat'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese leadership is taking very seriously Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement that after curtailing its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington would focus more of its energy and resources on the Asia-Pacific Theatre. Panetta said in Tokyo last week that despite overall cuts in the Pentagon budget, “we are not […]

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China puts Asian neighbors on notice about relying on U.S. security umbrella

Asian countries should be on guard against the “danger” of feeling they can “do whatever they want” because of the U.S. military presence in the region, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily said in a commentary. The opinion piece said it was understandable that some Asian countries may be uncomfortable with China’s rise and emphasized […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Will Saddam’s WMD be discovered in Syria when Assad falls?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Ten years after 9/11, one captivating thought keeps crossing my mind: When the Assad tyranny in Syria finally collapses, will George W. Bush be vindicated? Will evidence be found that Saddam Hussein did actually possess mobile bio-weapons labs, and had them driven across the border ahead of allied forces advancing on Baghdad? […]

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Memories of S. Vietnam's unlikely leader, Nguyen Cao Ky, dead at 80

Memories of S. Vietnam's unlikely leader, Nguyen Cao Ky, dead at 80

By Donald Kirk PANAMA CITY, Florida — Here in the Florida panhandle, looking over the Gulf of Mexico, ruminating on old times covering the Vietnam War with Don Tate, another correspondent from those days, we shared a few laughs over one of the war’s more colorful figures. Could any of the cast of characters we encountered […]

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China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

By John J. Metzler  KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — A rhetorical conflict has roiled the waves of the South China Sea,  the strategic resource-rich region bordered , and in part claimed in various parts, by six South East Asian states.   But while Beijing is shoving its political agenda into the disputed waters, the United States correctly fears […]