While there is likely some truth to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s point that sanctions against North Korea would not be effective, nonetheless it is mostly a talking point.
North Korea’s motivations for pursuing nuclear capabilities have changed over time, but are rooted in a sense of existential threats coming from outside the regime.
The upcoming U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue will be a meeting characterized by many contrasts.
While China can do more to crack down on trade with North Korea, the United States should work out the North Korea problem in a way that respects both China and its own national security interests.
China hopes to use three strengths to make the Belt and Road Initiative a success: its large foreign exchange reserves, dominance in certain infrastructure fields, and unique forms of state backed project finance.
U.S. Vice President Pence’s trip to Asia is intended to signal U.S. strength and resolve in the region.
It remains to be seen whether recent foreign policy pivots by the Trump administration amount to a departure from its earlier views about America’s role in the world.
As North Korea develops an array of missiles that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States, that further complicates the tension over defending U.S. allies in the region.
China’s relationship with Africa is becoming increasingly more complex as the country continues to invest and send workers across 54 countries on the continent.
While political transitions are always hard, the international landscape today is particularly unforgiving.
Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election is a “serious breach.”
The prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership look dim in the face of a Trump administration, which may open opportunities for China to take the lead in the Pacific region.
China’s commitment to addressing climate change may help serve as a bridge between the negotiating positions of developed and developing countries.
The United States and China can work together to help Venezuela navigate the challenges facing its crude oil exports sector.
China faces challenges in achieving the ambitious carbon emissions targets announced during APEC, yet the country’s progress on clean energy technology could also benefit other developing countries.
To alleviate air pollution over the long term, Beijing must clearly communicate reasonable pollutant target-levels and empower local regulators to legally enforce them, even if it means lower GDP growth.
Beijing is implementing a policy to bring five million electric vehicles to Chinese roads by 2020.
There is renewed interested in conventionally armed hypersonic weapons in both the United States and in China.
Though China is growing increasingly concerned about Venezuela’s economic, social, and political stability, it continues to provide finance and investment in an effort to strengthen relations.
With Japan’s recent embrace of collective self-defense, the U.S.-Japan alliance is once again in the spotlight.