Trumped: What the Mar-a-lago summit revealed about the limits of Chinese power

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Chinese President Xi Jinping appears not only to have underestimated U.S. President Donald Trump, but also to have exposed Beijing’s weaknesses for the world to see. From Sun Tzu’s playbook: U.S. Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago. / AP Trump’s ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airbase […]

China continues to fuel growing Korean crisis; Misled world on coal imports

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea will figure prominently in President Donald Trump’s summit in South Florida this week with China’s Xi Jinping. By Geostrategy-Direct China is once again abrogating its promises and obligation to implement international sanction regimes against Pyongyang. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is photographed by a North Korean officer at the […]

Kim Jong-Nam’s Chinese bodyguards disappeared before his assassination

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Two Chinese bodyguards appointed by Beijing to protect the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator were mysteriously absent at the moment when he was accosted by two female agents in Kuala Lumpur on the day before Valentine’s Day. Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where he was allegedly attacked by […]

Chinese bodyguards disappeared before Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Two Chinese bodyguards appointed by Beijing to protect the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator were mysteriously absent at the moment when he was accosted by two female agents in Kuala Lumpur on the day before Valentine’s Day. Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where he was allegedly attacked by […]

China weighs influence options with $3 trillion hard currency reserves — Geostrategy-Direct

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China’s Supreme Leader Xi Jinping has ordered a drastic reduction in the speed and volume of buying influence in foreign countries due to China’s economic slowdown and the meager payback from many recipient nations. China’s Xi Jinping at Davos. China has the world’s largest hard currency reserve, currently at a […]

Trump crisis in Beijing: Five ‘knowns and unknowns’ have Xi Jinping in the panic mode

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t […]

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com Propaganda specialists surrounding President Xi Jinping are working overtime to burnish his reputation as a close-to-the-people savior who can best acquit himself of Chairman Mao’s “serve the people” credo. Making like Mao: Xi Jinping is said to be relying on two main weapons to ensure socio-political […]

China’s largest-ever paramilitary games tied to unemployment, crackdown

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping launched the largest-ever war game involving the nation’s People’s Armed Police late last month. A unit from the Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAP) participates in a drill with riot gear at a military base in Shigatse. / Reuters Official news agencies […]

Pentagon gives Beijing ultimatum on militarizing the South China Sea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told the Chinese defense delegation in Singapore that the U.S. will take appropriate action if China crosses the red line, i.e. further reclamation and militarization of the Scarborough Shoal in the Spratlys chain. U.S. Adm. John Richardson boarded an E-2C from the carrier USS […]

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Who is in charge of China’s macro-level financial and economic policy? Posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Comments by an “authoritative figure” led to a 3 percent drop in the Shanghai Stock Index the same day. / Reuters Most observers will say President Xi Jinping, who […]

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