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Russian spy plane enters Estonia airspace, triggers NATO alert

Russian spy plane enters Estonia airspace, triggers NATO alert

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Estonia, a NATO member state, is demanding an explanation from Moscow over an incident last week involving a Russian intelligence-gathering aircraft. The plane flew unannounced into Estonian airspace, provoking an emergency scramble by the NATO defense system. NATO confirmed that its F-16s were dispatched after detecting the Russian […]

Extensive groundwork for Xi-Abe meeting could prove consequential … or not

Extensive groundwork for Xi-Abe meeting could prove consequential … or not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Beijing has all but confirmed that President Xi Jinping and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have their first-ever tete-a-tete in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11. When asked about the Xi-Abe meeting, Foreign Minister […]

N. Korean military provocations on border seen as pressure tactics on South to ease sanctions

N. Korean military provocations on border seen as pressure tactics on South to ease sanctions

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea plans to increase military activities along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, sources and analysts here said. “A string of moves have been detected [indicating] that the North’s military has prepared to step up patrols along the Military Demarcation Line,” a military source […]

Xi’s steamrolling agenda for first time encounters turbulence at major party meeting

Xi’s steamrolling agenda for first time encounters turbulence at major party meeting

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The much-awaited Fourth Plenary Session of the Central Committee closed in Beijing on Oct. 23 with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership vowing to “improve the socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics.” However, what caught the attention of political observers in Beijing is that General Secretary and […]

Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings

Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia and the Netherlands have accused each other of sending a submarine into Swedish territorial waters. On Oct. 17, the Swedish military launched a massive search for a mysterious foreign submarine in its territorial waters. The reports led to speculation that the uninvited submarine belonged to Russia and […]

N. Korea cracks down on mobile phone use near China border: Revised criminal code condemns violators to gulags

N. Korea cracks down on mobile phone use near China border: Revised criminal code condemns violators to gulags

[s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)] N. Korea cracks down on mobile phone use near China border: Revised criminal code condemns violators to gulags INSIDE NORTH KOREA    By Lee Jong-Heon  East-Asia-Intel.com, May 14, 2014 SEOUL — North Koreans who speak by phone with South Koreans could get life sentences at remote political prison camps under the recently criminal code, sources said. […]

SIPRI: China is a world leader in both arms purchases and exports

SIPRI: China is a world leader in both arms purchases and exports

[s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)] China has surpassed France to become the 4th largest arms exporter in the world, after the United States, Russia and Germany. A new report on international arms trade by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [SIPRI] was released on March 17. Read MORE YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN TO READ FULL ARTICLE LOGIN OR CREATE […]

Japan to return 700 lbs of enriched uranium and fissile plutonium

[s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)] A U.S. – Japan joint statement issued March 24 announced that Japan would return all the enriched uranium and plutonium totaling about 700 lbs to the United States which provided Japan these nuclear materials for research during the Cold War. These nuclear materials have been stored at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency or […]

Unidentified forces kill Ukrainian nationalist Moscow called terrorist

Unidentified forces kill Ukrainian nationalist Moscow called terrorist

[s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)] Olexander Muzychko, the leader of a right-wing nationalist political group in Ukraine, was gunned down on March 24 in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Mr. Muzychko was best known in and outside Ukraine as an extreme nationalist with an anti-Russian penchant. Moscow tried to blame him as a symbol of what went […]

Investigation of Flight 370 showed Malaysia government’s true colors, and Beijing is miffed

Investigation of Flight 370 showed Malaysia government’s true colors, and Beijing is miffed

INSIDE CHINA By Willy Lam East-Asia-Intel.com, March 26, 2014 China-Malaysian ties appear to have become an unintended casualty of the tragedy revolving around the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Senior Chinese officials have made no secret of their dissatisfaction with the search and rescue operation handled by the Malaysian government. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang placed […]