There is a consensus in the international community that while Iran cannot currently build nuclear weapons, if left unregulated, it would eventually succeed in doing so.
Debate in China on Iran’s nuclear program continues to focus on uranium enrichment at the expense of other key aspects that could give a better indication of the broader program’s progress and outcomes.
Although the U.S.-China relationship benefits from deep economic and trade ties, the military-to-military relationship between the two nations is not as strong as it should be.
The nature of the climate challenge in the immediate future will be determined by China and the world’s largest carbon emitters—not U.N. summits.
Several factors could be contributing to China’s sudden entrance into coal import markets, including transportation bottlenecks, environmental and safety considerations, economic factors, and concerns about depleting coking coal reserves.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States offers an opportunity to deepen exchanges between the two countries, while enhancing cooperation and reducing friction on a range of important economic and security issues.
Iran’s position as major oil exporter to China affects the way Beijing perceives the Iranian nuclear crisis. However, energy security is also a factor prompting Beijing to move closer to the United States on this issue.
China's vetoes over UN draft resolutions on Syria represent of Beijing's interpretation of the international system, of humanitarian intervention, and of its own interests in the region.
Though Beijing has typically remained cautiously neutral when it comes to the region, China’s current stance may reflect its growing disquiet at what it sees as a U.S. policy intended to deny it access to Middle East energy sources.
As globalization continues to accelerate, a rising China will exert greater influence on the world.
China’s impact on the U.S. economy and its rising global power gives China a significant role in the Republican primaries for the 2012 U.S. presidential elections.
Growing multipolarity in Asia necessitates greater interaction and cooperation between China and the United States if the countries hope to maintain stability in this corner of the world.
China's economic imbalances are the result of urbanization and migration, not financial policy, and expanding residence rights for migrants would do more to boost consumption than fiddling with interest rates.
An increasing trade deficit with China, coupled with Chinese purchases of large tracts of Latin American farmland, could cause strain between China and Latin American nations.
Both China and India recognize the importance of their bilateral relationship, but the media in both countries are contributing to escalating rhetoric. The two countries need to find ways to promote a more balanced discussion about relations in the public sphere.
The United States has been losing its status as the world’s sole superpower since the end of the Cold War, while China has gradually increased its relative power. This re-balancing is beginning to have a profound impact on the international system and the way it is governed.
After a year that included the Arab Awakening, the euro crisis, Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the unanticipated reaction to Russia’s recent parliamentary elections, there are many unanswered questions left for 2012.
The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il increases the likelihood that the stress on the multiple fault lines in Korean society will reach the point of breaking. Secret talks with China to plan for contingencies may be needed now more than ever.
The execution of America’s strategic 'pivot' to Asia, and China's response, are combining to deepen mutual suspicions and potentially destabilize the entire area.
Europeans should recognize that Washington’s increased engagement in the Asia-Pacific is also in Europe’s best interests and work to develop its own strategic approach toward the region.