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Beijing signals support for ‘Marshal’ Kim and his supposedly reformist policies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with former chief of general staff of the Korean People's Army Ri Yong-Ho at a military parade in Pyongyang.  /Kyodo/Reuters

Special to By Willy Lam, While much of the world is scrambling to figure out the meaning of the latest power shifts in Pyongyang, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has signaled early — and staunch — support for Kim Jong-Un and his supposedly pro-reform policies. Kim, who is believed to be in [...]

July 25th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,North Korea,Top Stories | Read More »

K St. on edge: Block on foreign lobbying by ex-officials could become ‘seismic event’

Rep. Frank Wolf: "Why should somebody who had been an ambassador or CIA station chief then go out and work for that country?"

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, A bill working its way through Congress has the potential to alter the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy by prohibiting former senior U.S. government officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign countries for a decade after leaving office. Introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), the bill would [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Mickey Mouse and miniskirts: N. Korea’s new young leader instructs nation in ‘global trends’

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have a chat as North Korea's Moranbong band performs in Pyongyang.  /AP/KCNA via Korea News Service

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, North Korea’s youthful new ruler Kim Jong-Un has publicly called for the reclusive state to catch up with “global trends” in upgrading the country’s industries — a sign that the Swiss-educated leader may pursue certain reforms. Kim used the term “global trends” during recent public activities, according to [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,North Korea,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

There’s a word for Beijing’s new island dispute tactics with Tokyo: Hardball

A Japan Coast Guard vessel (bottom) monitors a Chinese fisheries patrol boat (top) near the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea in August 2011.

Special to By Willy Lam, Since territorial disputes erupted between China and Japan in the early 1970s over the Diaoyu islets (called the Senkakus in Japan), Beijing has stuck to late patriarch Deng Xiaoping’s famous dictum: “Leave the question of sovereignty for the next generation; let’s put the emphasis on joint [economic] development.” [...]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Japan,Life,NE Asia | Read More »

War with Iran more likely as high-stakes U.S. election looms, sanctions take hold

The three-day IRGC missile drill, named Great Prophet-7, wrapped up in the central Iranian province of Semnan on July 4.  /PressTV

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, Just after the European Union’s embargo on importing Iranian oil took effect July 1, Teheran escalated its belligerence and threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian parliament on July 2 announced that it had drafted a law that would ban oil tankers of any [...]

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Iran,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

N. Korean documentary on Kim Jong-Un’s mother omits her revolutionary sin: She was born in Japan

An image of Ko Young-Hui is shown in a new North Korean documentary about Kim Jong-Un's late mother.

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, A new propaganda film about the mother of North Korea’s youthful new ruler highlights Pyongyang’s dilemma over how to promote legitimacy of the family’s dynastic rule. The documentary film about Ko Yong-Hi was originally to be shown to the public on what would have been her 60th birthday [...]

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,North Korea,Top Stories | Read More »

With 150,000 ‘Arab Spring’-like incidents from Hong Kong to Xinjiang, are CCP’s days numbered?

Thousands of protesters crowd a street urging new Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying to step down.  /Reuters

Special to By Willy Lam, For years, analysts of domestic Chinese politics have been pondering this important question: With riots and protests increasing to more than 150,000 incidents a year, how close is China from an Arab-style mass uprising that could result in the destruction of the dictatorial Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? Even [...]

July 11th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Life,NE Asia,Top Stories | Read More »

Uzbekistan exits Russia-controlled pact, joining Georgia, Azerbaijan

Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military maneuvers in Tajikistan.  /ITAR/TASS

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, Unhappy with Russia’s dominance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Uzbekistan on June 28 announced its withdrawal from the Moscow-led regional security alliance. “Uzbekistan has sent the CSTO secretariat a note about the suspension of its participation in the activities of the CSTO,” the Russian news [...]

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Azerbaijan,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Mideast,Russia,Top Stories,Uzbekistan | Read More »

Report: Obama orders U.S. intelligence to increase surveillance of Israel

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House on May 20, 2011.   /Reuters/Jim Young

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified surveillance of Israel’s military. Western diplomatic sources said President Barack Obama has ordered intensified U.S. intelligence on Israel’s military and government. They said Obama wanted to ensure that his administration could collect information that would indicate an Israeli plan to strike either Iran [...]

July 8th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Power struggle gives rise to top Chinese generals, hawkish foreign-policy statements

China's President Hu Jintao, center, and Vice President Xi Jinping, right, at the National People's Congress on March 11 in Beijing.

Special to By Willy Lam, A ferocious power struggle among three of China’s most powerful figures — former President Jiang Zemin, current President Hu Jintao, and expected President Xi Jinping — has resulted in top generals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) acquiring unprecedented power. The extraordinary clout of the top brass of [...]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Life,NE Asia,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

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