May 6, 2015

Widening purge of PLA generals elevates Xi to
Mao-like pinnacle of power

The names of 3 more PLA generals were announced to the public on April 26, bringing the total to 33 senior Chinese generals purged within three months. The impact within the Chinese military is unnerving to many senior officers as China's political system is designed to give all senior leaders, military and civilian, enormous power and the opportunity to be corrupt with impunity.   (FULL STORY)
Maj. Gen. Dong Mingxiang, left, Maj. Gen. Zhan Guoqiao and Maj. Gen. Zhan Jun.
Beijing, Moscow seize moment at WWII event to trumpet apparent strategic alliance
Chinese President Xi Jinping has formalized his country’s quasi-alliance relationship with Russia by his high-profile participation in counterpart Vladimir Putin’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the “defeat of Nazism in WWII.” For the first time ever, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) honor guard took part in the military parade in Red Square.


Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 8.   
Japan poised to pass new defense act to lift post-WWII restrictions
Facing abysmal poll numbers, Taiwan's KMT leader makes matters worse by going to Beijing

Top security units abruptly dismissed at secret Zhongnanhai compound

USS Blue Ridge visits China's South Sea Fleet HQ for exercise
Chinese typist executed for selling military secrets
China invites North Korea to join its 'One Belt, One Road’ initiative

N. Korea woos Chinese capital to boost infrastructure for tourism, cash
SEOUL — North Korea is seeking Chinese capital to improve its poor infrastructure for tourism, on which it is banking as a much-needed source for hard currency.
U.S., the Philippines conduct largest joint exercises in 15 years
U.S. breaks convention by announcing support for Taiwan's participation in Interpol
S. Korea pushes exchange programs with North to mark 70 years since liberation from Japan WorldTribune.Com