Does China have more influence over South Korea than North Korea?

Special to By Donald Kirk, We keep hearing about all the influence the Chinese have over North Korea. If only they’d exert their power, maybe cut off or slow down the flow of oil that’s the lifeblood of the country, then the North Koreans would start talking seriously about giving up their nukes. […]

N. Korea plans extended SLBM range, large subs for nuclear attacks

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea has prioritized increasing the rage of its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) to 2,000 kilometers, a military source here said. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watches what the North claimed was a successful test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. The North is also said to […]

Iran says oil exports to South Korea up fourfold since January

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has increased oil exports to South Korea fourfold since January and now hopes to triple its yearly trade with Seoul, Iranian leaders have said. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran had quadrupled its oil exports to the world’s fifth-largest importer of crude, sending Seoul […]

Trump’s China policy: Will business as usual really protect U.S. interests?

Special to Donald Trump correctly asserted that President Barack Obama’s weakness has emboldened China, but the GOP front-runner has also hinted he will continue 1980s-era business-oriented approaches toward Beijing that have not worked, national security journalist Bill Gertz wrote. “Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, […]

North Korea specialist: How an apocalyptic invasion of South Korea would play out

Special to A North Korean invasion of the South would ultimately fall to the superior military technology of the U.S. and South Korea, but “not without four to six months of high-intensity combat and many dead,” a former White House adviser said. In his new book “The Impossible Stateâ€�, Victor Cha describes how a […]

Poor sales in China prompts Icahn to dump Apple stock

Special to China’s economic downturn and government interference led billionaire investor Carl Icahn to dump his stake in Apple. “We no longer have a position with Apple,” Icahn told CNBC. Carl Icahn. /Getty Images Icahn came away with $2 billion after selling the stock. At one point last year, he owned 53 million shares […]

Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Special to The Obama administration has no coherent policy on China’s pursuit for total control in the South China Sea,â€� a key U.S. senator said. “We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has positioned itself as a geopolitical rival to the United States,” Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, […]

A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

Special to By Donald Kirk, Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime. Mansky, having given the North Koreans the clear impression that he wanted to collaborate fully with them, totally deceived […]

Report: U.S. challenged China, 12 other nations on navigation rights in 2015

Special to The United States carried out “freedom of navigationâ€� operations against China and 12 other countries last year, the Pentagon reported on April 25. China’s sovereignty claims and military buildup in the South China Sea were the main focus of the missions and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Navy would continue […]

Report: China plans floating nuclear power plants for S. China Sea expansion

Special to China is looking to build nuclear power platforms to “sailâ€� to remote areas and provide a stable power supply for its ongoing military and construction activities in the South China Sea, a report said. China Shipbuilding Industry Corp is currently designing and building the platforms, according to a report by the Global […]

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