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New commander-in-chief Xi wastes no time projecting hard power in Asia-Pacific Theater

New commander-in-chief Xi wastes no time projecting hard power in Asia-Pacific Theater

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Xi Jinping is a man in a hurry. Since becoming CCP general secretary and commander-in-chief on Nov. 15, the putative “core” of the Fifth-Generation collective leadership has wasted no time in placing his stamp on China’s military and foreign-affairs establishment. In addition to becoming chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), […]

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Ex-President Jiang’s reappearance makes waves as Beijing's political intrigue heats up

Ex-President Jiang’s reappearance makes waves as  Beijing's political intrigue heats up

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Only in China’s Leninist — and Byzantine — political system would the apparently casual appearance of a long-retired former leader cause a big stir. Last weekend, former President Jiang Zemin, who had just celebrated his 86th birthday, showed up at the National Opera House to watch a musical with his wife. […]

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Reports: Wiretap led to Ri’s ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

Reports: Wiretap led to Ri’s ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Ri Yong-Ho, the most ardent supporter of late North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il’s “military-first” policy, was purged because he had complained about youthful new ruler Kim Jong-Un’s push for policy changes, sources and officials in Seoul say. But Ri’s dismissal could encourage his supporters and hardline […]

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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 […]