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  • Chinese article admits N. Korea began war in 1950

    06/25/2010 7:11:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies
    JoongAngDaily ^ | 6/25/2010 | Christine Kim, Chang Se-jeong
    A feature article from a Chinese magazine was struck from the Internet after news spread that it stated that the Korean War was started by North Korea’s invasion of the South. The lengthy feature in Xinhua’s International Herald Leader, timed for the 60th anniversary of the start of the war, had a time line that stated: “The North Korean military crossed the parallel on June 25th, 1950 and Seoul was taken in four days.” The article was widely distributed among Chinese news portals and agencies. After news of the story spread in Korean yesterday, the original article was found to...
  • China Overplays Taiwan Arms

    06/21/2010 8:31:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 6/21/2010 | By Richard Weitz
    China says arms sales to Taiwan are the cause of Sino-US defence tensions. But even if they stopped now, ties would be chilly. The poor state of Chinese-US military ties were laid bare earlier this month at a leading Asian security conference. In his June 5 speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates expressed annoyance at the refusal of the government in Beijing to allow him to visit the People’s Republic of China during his trip to Asia. He went on to express regret that the United States and China hadn’t managed to establish a...
  • ESPN: North Korean Fans Are ‘Handpicked Chinese Actors’(with video)

    06/15/2010 3:43:43 PM PDT · by Superstu321 · 15 replies · 1,527+ views
    Three Figners of Politics ^ | June 15th, 2010 | Stupac
    The paranoia of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il seems to know no bounds. Case in point – in Brazil’s 2-1 win over North Korea today, ESPN analyst Martin Tyler made a rather odd observation. Tyler claimed that a rather rambunctious group that appeared to be North Koreans, weren’t actually North Koreans, but rather “handpicked Chinese Actors.” Reports have said these “fans” were Chinese actors, acting on behalf of China as a way to support its long-time ally. Roughly 1,000 Chinese citizens, “including musicians and actors, to cheer for the North Koreans,” the report said. They were conspicuously missing from the...
  • China’s Military Threatens America: ‘We Will Hurt You’

    06/14/2010 11:49:12 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 109 replies · 2,768+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 14 | Gordon Chang
    n February, Colonel Meng Xianging promised a “hand-to-hand fight with the U.S.” sometime within the next 10 years “when we’re strong enough.” “We must make them hurt,” said Major-General Yang Yi this year, referring to the United States. And last month, at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, a Chinese flag officer launched a three-minute rant that stunned the 65 or so American officials in the audience. Everything that is right with U.S. relations with China is due to China, said Rear Admiral Guan Youfei. Everything that is wrong is Washington’s fault. According to Guan, the United States sees...
  • A Tale of Two Countries: Why is the U.S. Drowning in its own Blood while China Prospers?

    06/11/2010 8:55:09 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 48 replies · 696+ views
    NetRight Daily ^ | June 11, 2010 | Bill Wilson
    Two unrelated stories in early June show in stark detail why the United States is on an accelerating downward, death spiral while China is continuing to build a solid foundation for economic domination in the decades to come. The actions reported in and of themselves will hardly register on the radar of most Americans. But they portray the crucial errors and arrogance of the Obama regime. They also point to a different path, a way forward out of the morass of ultra-liberal, ideological delusion that is now policy in Washington, D.C. The first article, appearing in the Washington Post, details...
  • Military spy gave away U.S.-Korean war blueprint

    06/09/2010 10:16:06 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 16 replies · 143+ views
    Joon Ang Daily ^ | June 10, 2010 | Ser Myo-ja, Namkoong Wook
    Top military secrets, including a U.S.-South Korea war plan to counter a North Korean invasion, may have been given to Pyongyang by a South Korean Army major general spy, according to an investigation by military authorities. The major general, only identified as Kim, was being questioned by military authorities on charges of providing top confidential information to North Korea. The Defense Security Command asked the military’s General Court Martial to issue a detention warrant against Kim on Tuesday.
  • US military officer says China needs to step up (Adm. Mike Mullen)

    06/09/2010 6:33:46 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 36 replies · 473+ views
    AP ^ | June 9, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Wednesday he is disappointed by the international community's "tepid" response to North Korea's attack on a South Korean warship and called on China to step up and do more.
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • China's Manufacturing Data Shows Economy Slowing

    05/31/2010 8:12:46 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 5 replies · 292+ views
    CNBC ^ | 05/31/2010 | CNBC
    China's factories scaled back production last month and slowed the pace of hiring in response to a drop in new orders from both home and abroad, an official survey showed on Tuesday. Karin Slade | The Image Bank | Getty Images The purchasing managers' index (PMI) compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) fell to 53.9 in May from 55.7 in April. The reading, which was close to the median forecast of 54.0 in a Reuters poll of 10 economists, marked the 15th straight month that the PMI has stood above the threshold of 50 that demarcates...
  • Is China backing away from censuring North Korea over the sinking of South's Cheonan warship?

    05/31/2010 7:59:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 379+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 05/30/10 | Arthur Bright
    Is China backing away from censuring North Korea over the sinking of South's Cheonan warship? Despite indications last week that it might take a harder line on North Korea over the North's apparent sinking of South Korea's Cheonan warship, China now appears unwilling to censure its Communist ally. By Arthur Bright, Correspondent posted May 30, 2010 at 10:42 am EDT China appears to be maintaining its unwillingness to censure North Korea for its involvement in the sinking of a South Korean warship, despite earlier indications to the contrary, as a summit between China, Japan, and South Korea ended without any...
  • South Korea probes war rumours ahead of elections

    05/31/2010 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 01, 2010
    South Korean police are probing leaflets and Internet messages spreading rumours of imminent war and questioning an investigation into the sinking of a naval vessel which they say could affect Wednesday's local elections. WORLD | SOUTH KOREA The ship sinking has become the top campaign issue, with the liberal opposition accusing President Lee Myung-bak of provoking tension after a decade of warming ties with reclusive and impoverished North Korea. But polls showed Lee's uncompromising stand against the North has helped keep support ratings for him near the 50 percent mark in recent weeks. Lee has vowed to hold North Korea...
  • U.S. to Aid South Korea With Naval Defense Plan

    05/31/2010 4:33:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 476+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/30/2010 | Thom Shanker and David E Sanger
    Surprised by how easily a South Korean warship was sunk by what an international investigation concluded was a North Korean torpedo fired from a midget submarine, senior American officials say they are planning a long-term program to plug major gaps in the South’s naval defenses. The discovery of the weaknesses in South Korea caught officials in both countries off guard. As South Korea has rocketed into the ranks of the world’s top economies, it has invested billions of dollars to bolster its defenses and to help refine one of the oldest war plans in the Pentagon’s library: a joint strategy...
  • U.S., South Korea Forces Say They Can Repel North as Raptors, Ships Deploy

    05/30/2010 11:59:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,149+ views
    FeedCry Archive ^ | 5/28/2010 | Patrick Harrington
    U.S. and South Korean forces said they are ready to repel any threat posed by North Korea as 24 stealth fighter jets deploy to the region and a report said the military alert level has been raised. Naval vessels plan anti-submarine exercises close to the disputed maritime border between North and South Korea where one of the South’s warships sank on March 26, killing 46 sailors. An international team of experts last week concluded that a North Korean torpedo blew apart the Cheonan, prompting Kim Jong Il’s regime to cut all ties with the South and threaten “all-out war” over...
  • China’s stance on North Korea could lead to war

    05/30/2010 6:27:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,584+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/31/10 | Bill Emmott
    May 31, 2010 China’s stance on North Korea could lead to war The world is anxious about the Kim regime but greater disasters lie ahead if its superpower neighbour fails to act Bill Emmott Try this quiz. You lead a rising economic superpower, with ambitions for global political power. You have pledged to pursue a “peaceful rise” and to work through the United Nations wherever possible to maintain international stability. Out of the blue, your unruly neighbour, an ally and quasi-dependant for the past 60 years, torpedoes a warship of its own neighbour, killing 46 sailors, and then, when accused...
  • S. Korean military puts anti-N. Korea propaganda plan on hold

    05/30/2010 12:48:53 AM PDT · by fenderfeeder · 10 replies · 264+ views
    Yonhap ^ | 2010/05/30 15:59 KST
    SEOUL, May 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military has deferred a plan to fly anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets to North Korea, a defense ministry official said Sunday, as the communist nation has kept up harsh rhetoric against Seoul's propaganda warfare. (snip) "Leaflet distribution had been put off due to weather conditions so far, but we have now decided to put it on hold for the time being, considering the political situation," the ministry official said on condition of anonymity. North Korea has denied any responsibility for the sinking that killed 46 sailors, and strongly protested South Korea's punitive measures. Pyongyang has...
  • In the Koreas, Five Possible Ways to War

    05/29/2010 6:38:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 677+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 30, 2010 | By DAVID E. SANGER
    USUALLY, there is a familiar cycle to Korea crises. Like a street gang showing off its power to run amok in a well-heeled neighborhood, the North Koreans launch a missile over Japan or set off a nuclear test or stage an attack — as strong evidence indicates they did in March, when a South Korean warship was torpedoed. Expressions of outrage follow. So do vows that this time, the North Koreans will pay a steep price. SNIP The White House betting is that the latest crisis, stemming from the March attack, will also abate without much escalation. But there is...
  • N. Korea's Defense Commission Held Unprecedented News Conference over Cheonan (1st in history)

    05/28/2010 9:51:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 788+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/29/10
    /begin my translation N. Korea's Defense Commission Held Unprecedented News Conference over Cheonan's Sinking 05/29/10 (Korea Central News Agency, Pyongyang = Yonhap News) On May 28, at People's Cultural Palace in Pyongyang, Maj. Gen. Pak Rim Su, director of the department of policy at the National Defense Commission, gave news conference to invited diplomatic corps. /end my translation
  • Deadly silence at the DMZ

    05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first? The answer may be neither, but don't count on it. The dueling now focuses on two quite different flashpoints. The first is the West or Yellow Sea, where North Korea has vowed to open fire against any South Korean vessel intruding in its waters. One issue there is how to define which waters are North Korean. The North refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, set by the United Nations Command after the Korean War (1950-1953) and challenged by North Korea in...
  • North Korea Sinking Of South Korean Frigate Raises Arab Fear Of Nuclear Iran

    05/29/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Eurasia Review ^ | 5/29/2010 | Riad Kahwaji
    The sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan last March 26 by a North Korean torpedo has prompted some Arab Gulf officials to wonder whether this would be a scenario that they would likely face with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. North Korea, now equipped with nuclear arms, appears to have grown bolder in its provocations of its U.S.-allied neighbor in the south and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. An international team of investigators concluded that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Seoul’s reaction has thus far been mild compared to its loss of...
  • North Korea Covert 6 Operation Final Report (Gospel in NK!)

    05/28/2010 6:02:31 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Biblesunbound.com (email) ^ | May 2010 | Bibles Unbound Team
    Have you been anxiously awaiting word that the Bibles you sponsored have successfully reached their destination in North Korea? Wait no more! Bibles Unbound is pleased to announce the successful completion of the operation. Thanks to your help, 10,000 Bibles have made it into the hands of believing and non-believing North Korean men and women. Mr. Lee, one man who received a Bible through this operation, explained that before he defected to China he believed Bibles were evil. As a young boy he had been taught that American missionaries did bad things and that the books they carried were bad,...
  • Where Is China As Korea Burns?

    05/28/2010 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 390+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Diplomacy: After sinking a South Korean naval ship last March in its worst violation of the 1953 armistice, North Korea's intentions seemed clear. But to be even clearer, it's threatened all-out war. So where is its patron, China? Having harbored big ambitions to be an influential global player, China is showing itself to be a paper tiger, wishing away the belligerence of its pawn on the Korean Peninsula instead of taking a decisive role that would show its clout. "China always opposes and condemns any acts detrimental to peace and stability on the peninsula," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told South...
  • Why Is the U.S. Apologizing to China About Human Rights? (Posner Apologizes for AZ Law)

    05/28/2010 5:25:13 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies · 352+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Bret Baier
    Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine: Red in the Face The State Department is pushing back against allegations that it, in essence, apologized to China over potential human rights violations here in the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner told reporters Friday in a discussion about human rights, the U.S. delegation brought up Arizona's new immigration law, calling it a "troubling trend in our society." Both of Arizona's Republican senators demanded a retraction and apology from Posner, calling his remarks particularly offensive. And Indiana Republican Congressman Dan Burton slammed the comments made to what he called "one...
  • Kim Jong Il Disappears from North Korean Media

    05/28/2010 5:56:18 PM PDT · by fenderfeeder · 10 replies · 732+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 2010-05-29 05:55
    There has been no record in the North Korean media of Kim Jong Il undertaking public activities of any sort since May 20th, the day the joint civilian-military investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan released its findings. Immediately after returning from his visit to China on May 7th, Kim watched a North Korean opera, “Sanullim” (Echo of a Mountain), a fact which was reported by Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) on the 9th. Thereafter, Kim made visits to several sites in Yangkang, South and North Hamkyung Provinces. He visited the construction of the Mt. Baekdu Military-first Youth Power Plant,...
  • Bay: Anyone else have a sinking feeling about North Korea?

    05/28/2010 6:30:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,395+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 05/28/10 | Austin Bay
    Bay: Anyone else have a sinking feeling about North Korea? Austin Bay, CREATORS SYNDICATE Published: 5:55 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 In a 1945 essay titled "Funny, But Not Vulgar," George Orwell argued that "A thing is funny when ... it upsets the established order." Toward the end of the essay, Orwell added: "To be funny, indeed, you have got to be serious." /snip Kim can't handle real sunshine — the truth. In the 60 years since the Korean War began, South Korea has decisively defeated North Korea in the social and economic spheres. Only in military terms, in the...
  • U.N.: North Korea Is Exporting Nuclear Missile Technology

    05/28/2010 5:13:53 AM PDT · by TSgt · 15 replies · 472+ views
    FoxNews/AP ^ | Published May 28, 2010 | AP
    North Korea is exporting nuclear and ballistic missile technology and using multiple intermediaries, shell companies and overseas criminal networks to circumvent U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. The seven-member panel monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea said its research indicates that Pyongyang is involved in banned nuclear and ballistic activities in Iran, Syria and Myanmar. It called for further study of these suspected activities and urged all countries to try to prevent them. The 47-page report, obtained late Thursday by AP, and a lengthy annex document sanctions violations reported by U.N....
  • China ahead of schedule on fifth-generation answer to discontinued F-22

    05/28/2010 2:40:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies · 1,234+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/26/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    A senior U.S. military intelligence official confirmed that China will be capable of deploying an advanced fifth generation fighter comparable to the U.S. F-22 within eight years, years ahead of previous Pentagon assessments. “We're anticipating China to have a fifth-generation fighter ... operational right around 2018," said Wayne Ulman of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. He made the comments before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on May 20. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in defending his decision to end production of the F-22, stated last year that China "is projected to have no fifth-generation aircraft by...
  • S. Korea's military reviewing further measures against North

    05/28/2010 9:03:21 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 27 replies · 845+ views
    SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is preparing to take additional measures against North Korea as it sees the possibility of limited violence by the North amid escalating tensions over Pyongyang's sinking of a Seoul warship, a senior military official said Friday. "Following the rhetoric of threats, we expect that North Korea could actually carry out a military, non-military provocation," Major Gen. Ryu Je-seung, a senior official at the South Korean defense ministry's policy and planning division, told retired generals and admirals. "So, our military is preparing to take additional military, non-military measures depending on North Korea's response and...
  • Thanks for Nothing, China. Really.

    05/28/2010 12:22:38 PM PDT · by mlocher · 10 replies · 457+ views
    Smartmoney via Fidelity.com ^ | May 28, 2010 | Donald Luskin
    At the moment the panicseems to have subsided. And all it took was a word from China, the new lord and master of the financial universe. On Thursday the Chinese authorities let it be known that they intended to do nothing. Equity markets around the world thunderously celebrated. Huh? Well, under these circumstances, the Chinese doing nothing is a wonderful thing. You see, the Chinese government holds about $600 billion in government bonds issued in Europe. That's right -- the bonds of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain -- the so-called "PIGS" nations who have been in the throes of a credit...
  • BIG SHIFT: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Just Kicked North Korea To The Curb

    05/28/2010 10:50:56 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,664+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-28-2010 | Gus Lubin
    BIG SHIFT: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Just Kicked North Korea To The Curb Gus Lubin May 28, 2010, 1:13 PM Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on a visit to South Korea revealed a big shift in the Korea conflict. Wen is shocked at the results of South Korea's investigation into the shipwreck, according to JoongAng Daily. He had trusted Kim Jong-il's claim that North Korea had nothing to do with the Cheonan: Another government source told the JoongAng Ilbo that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s earlier protestations of innocence to Chinese President Hu Jintao apparently backfired, triggering Beijing to change its...
  • NKorea accuses South of faking warship sinking

    05/28/2010 7:55:39 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 25 replies · 570+ views
    By SANGWON YOON, Associated Press Writer Sangwon Yoon, Associated Press Writer – 20 mins ago SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission accused South Korea on Friday of faking the sinking of a warship for which Pyongyang has been blamed and warned that the Korean peninsula was heading to "the brink of war." The comments were similar to other recent pronouncements but were made at a news conference, which is an extremely rare occurrence for the commission, the most powerful organ in the North and which is chaired by leader Kim Jong Il. "The South Korean puppet...
  • DPRK says unrelated to "Cheonan" incident (Wants to send DPRK inspectors to Seoul)

    05/28/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by TSgt · 13 replies · 531+ views
    news.xinhuanet.com ^ | 2010-05-28 19:29:54 | news.xinhuanet.com
    PYONGYANG, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday it was unrelated to the sinking of the South Korean warship "Cheonan" in March, urging Seoul to receive inspectors from the DPRK. Pak Rim Su, head of the policy bureau of the National Defense Commission (NDC) of the DPRK, told a news conference that whether South Korea received the DPRK inspection group was the key to judging the "Cheonan" incident. South Korea on Monday halted trade with the DPRK, banned merchant ships of the DPRK from entering South Korean waters, and halted its humanitarian aid for...
  • China: The Next Greece or Dubai? Bah, Humbug!

    05/27/2010 10:23:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/27/2010 | Anita Raghavan and Robert Olsen
    London hedge-fund manager visits China and comes away comforted by government moves to rein in the country's overheating property market. The flailing over mountains of debt in southern Europe has unnerved stock investors in recent weeks. But David Yarrow, a London hedge fund manager, astutely points out that markets are looking forward and "Europe's crisis is now accepted, which is why equities are down on the year despite exceptional corporate results." What is really troubling traders, writes Yarrow in his April letter to investors, is Chinese policy direction, which is a "key uncertainty." Yarrow, who runs the Pegasus Fund, notes...
  • Young South Koreans worry about rising tensions with North Korea

    05/27/2010 8:56:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies · 663+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 28, 2010 | Blaine Harden
    SEOUL -- In a college cafeteria here Thursday, a large-screen TV flashed breaking news of South Korean warships staging anti-submarine drills, dropping depth charges and firing big guns into the Yellow Sea. The naval exercise took place in waters near where a North Korean submarine apparently fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean ship two months ago and killed 46 sailors. At a table in the cafeteria, three civil engineering students wolfed down rice with spicy soup and fretted about what that sneak attack portends for their professional future. Echoing the fears of many young people in this rich,...
  • South Korea deploys troops in border zone to ‘punish’ North

    05/27/2010 5:05:10 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 112 replies · 3,472+ views
    South Korea deploys troops in border zone to ‘punish’ North Friday, May 28, 2010 By Iftikhar Gilani PANMUNJEOM: An eerie tension is building up on the border between South and North Koreas as the South is amassing troops to take punitive action against the communist North. The tension is also threatening future of Kaeseong, a joint industrial zone, which has often been touted as a model for Pakistan and India to build cooperative relationship along the Line of Control (LoC). The tension runs high after a North Korean submarine torpedoed a 1,200-tonne South Korean ship, killing over 50 sailors. It...
  • U.S. Intel Official: North Korea Is Bluffing (Poor Track Record Alert)

    05/27/2010 4:04:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies · 606+ views
    NewsSpeak ^ | 5/26/2010 | Mark Hosenball
    Despite all the recent huffing and puffing from Pyongyang, U.S. officials say they’ve seen little physical evidence that North Korea might actually be preparing to go to war. Just hours after Seoul blamed the North for the March 26 sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il publicly ordered his armed forces to get ready for military action, according to sources quoted in The Guardian. But two U.S. national security officials, asking for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, tell Declassified they’re not aware of any intelligence reporting on significant military mobilization or redeployments inside North...
  • North vs. South Korea: How Bad Could a War Get?

    05/27/2010 12:51:10 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 42 replies · 1,329+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 27 | Stephen Green
    “As we enter the summer of 2010,” writes Austin Bay, “the risk of all-out war on the Korean peninsula is quite high, and possibly the highest it has been since the armistice was signed in 1953.” The good news: It’s unlikely that North Korea has enough gasoline to fight for more than a few days. The bad news: they could really mess up the South in less time than that. The worse news: nobody knows what would happen after the inevitable North Korean collapse, but everybody knows that nobody could afford it. The downright scary news: even a wildly unspectacular...
  • China Dispatches Emergency Envoy To Restrain War-Mad North Korea

    05/27/2010 7:19:37 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 709+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-27-2010 | Gus Lubin
    China Dispatches Emergency Envoy To Restrain War-Mad North Korea Gus Lubin May 27, 2010, 8:14 AM Wu Dawei (right) lays down the law China dispatched a special envoy to North Korea yesterday to restrain the war-mad regime. Chosun Ilbo reports: A government official said China "reiterated the importance of stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula and delivered the same message to the North," which is frantically rattling the saber. "The request could be a warning that Beijing may turn its back on Pyongyang if it should launch further provocations," a diplomatic source said. A word from Beijing could go...
  • North Korea Scraps Military Safeguards with South

    05/27/2010 6:41:21 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 108 replies · 2,501+ views
    North Korea Scraps Military Safeguards with South Kurt Achin | Seoul 27 May 2010 In a sharp escalation of tensions with South Korea, North Korea says it is discarding military procedures the two sides have agreed to follow for years to ensure a conflict does not get out of hand. The general staff of the North Korean People's Army issued a notice Thursday dismantling a wide range of security guarantees it has observed for years. Pyongyang says it will completely nullify a bilateral agreement with the South that was put in place to prevent clashes in waters west of the...
  • Will there be WAR in Korea? And if so, what will the US response be? (Vanity)

    05/27/2010 10:28:44 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 75 replies · 1,423+ views
    May 27, 2010 | NCDragon
    I'm looking for everyone's thoughts and analysis. I served in Korea twice during my Army career and believe the ROK forces WILL flatten the Chia Pet's forces, even en masse, as they move South. China will sit this one out, after STRONGLY urging NK to not use nuclear, chemical or bio weapons (only then will they move if necessary). I don't believe, however; that the ROK will get the chance to prove me right, as I think the UN and "Oba-Messiah" will give Chi-Pet anything he wants/needs/desires to get his forces back across the border. Result: Seoul destroyed, ROK's northern...
  • North Korean leader Kim orders military to be on combat footing: report

    05/24/2010 6:53:41 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 84 replies · 2,646+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2010
    It's just a banner now on Reuters home page.

    05/24/2010 1:53:59 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 102 replies · 2,342+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2010 | Reuters
    North Korea threatened on Monday to fire at South Korean equipment if it is set up at their heavily armed border to broadcast
  • Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious'

    05/24/2010 7:43:27 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 77 replies · 2,710+ views
    Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious' By MATTHEW LEE (AP) BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship has created a "highly precarious" security situation in the region and that the Obama administration is working to prevent an escalation of tension that could lead to conflict. Speaking to reporters in Beijing shortly after the White House issued a statement offering Washington's full and unequivocal support for Seoul, Clinton said all of North Korea's neighbors, including its chief ally China, understand the seriousness of the matter and want to "contain"...
  • U.S. military told to get ready in Korea standoff

    05/24/2010 6:16:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies · 1,233+ views
    msnbc ^ | May 24, 2010
    WASHINGTON - The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama "fully supports" the South Korean president and his response to the torpedo attack by North Korea that sank a South Korean naval ship. In a statement, the White House said Seoul can continue to count on the full backing of the United States and said U.S. military commanders had been told to work with their South Korean counterparts "to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression."
  • What is North Korea’s motive in sinking South Korean ship?

    05/22/2010 5:06:23 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 58 replies · 1,447+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 24, 2010 | By Ashley Rowland and Jeff Schogol,
    SEOUL, South Korea — As South Korea made its case last week that North Korea was behind the sinking of a South Korean patrol ship, it left at least one question unanswered: Why? What motive did the North have for the brazen torpedo attack March 26 in the Yellow Sea near the maritime border between the two Koreas, and what does it have to gain besides another round of world condemnation and sanctions? While South Korean officials deliberate on how to respond to the attack, experts interviewed by Stars and Stripes offered a range of possible North Korean motives —...
  • Great Wall of China

    05/22/2010 9:04:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 22nd 2010 | B.J. Lee
    Great Wall of China South Korea wants to get even with its northern neighbor for sinking its warship. So why is Beijing standing in the way? B. J. Lee May 21, 2010 It's official: North Koreans sank their warship Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 Southern sailors onboard. The evidence leaves little doubt. And with this clarity comes the realization that, after 10 years of engagement and aid, North Korea remains a dangerously irrational and belligerent country, willing to gamble that it can disrupt peace on the Korean peninsula at no cost. Problem is, there's nothing South Koreans can do...
  • Scientists report Cheonan was sunk by Chinese torpedo from North Korean sub

    05/21/2010 6:02:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 933+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/19/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    North Korean submarine fired a Chinese-made torpedo to sink the South Korean warship Cheonan, South Korean scientists said. If confirmed, it would implicate China in the incident that killed 46 South Korean sailors and increased tensions on the volatile Korean peninsula. U.S. defenders of China’s communist government dismissed the report, saying there was no way to confirm whether a Chinese torpedo and not a North Korean-manufactured torpedo was used. China affairs specialist William Triplett II said the sinking exposes a Beijing-Pyongyang arms relationship, something that is rarely mentioned in discussions of North Korea’s missile and weapons buildup. U.S. intelligence reports...
  • China Drives AirSea Battle

    03/11/2010 12:53:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 513+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 3/10/2010 | Greg Craig
    In the early 1980s, the Army, with Air Force cooperation, came up with a warfighting concept known as AirLand Battle designed to rain punishing ground and air strikes on Soviet shock armies before they could steamroll NATO defenses. Today, the military is formulating a new concept called AirSea Battle designed to counter China’s rapidly growing arsenal of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) weapons, such as aircraft carrier killing ballistic missiles, sea-skimming missiles, stealthy submarines, bristling air-defense networks, anti-satellite and cyber weaponry. The 2010 QDR directed the Air Force and Navy to jointly develop the concept to “guide the development of future...
  • Why America and China will Clash

    01/18/2010 8:09:27 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 21 replies · 1,746+ views
    Financial Times ^ | January 18, 2010 | Gideon Rachman
    Google’s clash with China is about much more than the fate of a single, powerful firm. The company’s decision to pull out of China, unless the government there changes its policies on censorship, is a harbinger of increasingly stormy relations between the US and China. The reason that the Google case is so significant is because it suggests that the assumptions on which US policy to China have been based since the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 could be plain wrong. The US has accepted – even welcomed – China’s emergence as a giant economic power because American policymakers convinced themselves...
  • China sentences Tibetan film-maker to six years: family

    01/06/2010 1:49:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 403+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Chinese court has handed a six-year prison term to a Tibetan film-maker who made an internationally watched documentary in which ordinary people aired grievances, his family said Wednesday. Dhondup Wangchen, 35, had trekked across the Himalayan territory for five months asking about topics including Chinese rule, the exiled Dalai Lama and the Olympics which Beijing was preparing to hold in August 2008. The self-taught film-maker was arrested in March that year as major protests erupted in Tibet. He had just completed the film, "Leaving Fear Behind," which has since been screened in more than 30 countries....
  • US report hits China on rights, religion (no improvement in last year)

    10/11/2005 6:45:45 PM PDT · by Stultis · 8 replies · 357+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11 October 2005 | Paul Eckert
    US report hits China on rights, religionTue Oct 11, 2005 8:50 PM ET By Paul Eckert, Asia CorrespondentWASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has tinkered with legal reform and engaged the international community on human rights, but failed to improve in either area over the past year, a U.S. panel said on Tuesday.The Congressional-Executive Commission on China criticized Beijing for repression of political and religious rights and freedom of expression, as well as for its treatment of Tibetans and other ethnic minorities who seek greater autonomy."Citizens who challenge state controls on religion, speech, or assembly continue to face severe government repression," the...