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Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leaders have been living in fear of coming under Chinese control but had no option but to rely on the economic giant for much-needed hard currency, documents and sources said. According to the 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript disclosed by South Korea’s spy agency, then North Korean […]

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U.S. policy 'breakthroughs' in Asia hit a series of reality walls

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — Call it a matter of conflicting — or colliding — messages. South Korean conservatives have forced a free-trade agreement with the United States through a fractious National Assembly. A U.S. Congress “supercommittee” has demonstrated the weakness of the American system of governance by abject, humiliating failure to come up […]

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In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The United States and South Korea stood on the brink of a brave new world on Friday with a triumphant state visit to Washington by South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak marking the passage by both houses of the U.S. Congress of the much-delayed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Act. The final […]

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Planned naval base stirs militant opposition on S. Korea's Jeju 'island of peace'

Planned naval base stirs militant opposition on S. Korea's Jeju 'island of peace'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com JEJU, South Korea — The way South Korean naval officers describe the base under construction on the south side of this “island of peace”, it’s going to be a port of call for giant cruise vessels as much as a haven for warships. No way, said Rear Admiral Koo Ok-hyoe, deputy chief […]