Washington must be prepared to act decisively if nuclear talks with Iran fail, while the potential that NATO may adopt a more flexible nuclear posture toward Russia has broad security implications.
China has the capacity to fulfill Russian needs for technology, capital, and markets, but Beijing remains wary of Russia’s faltering economy.
China’s price cut on natural gas reflects the drop in oil prices, as the country’s energy sector continues to go through transition.
China’s economy is not as imbalanced as conventional wisdom would suggest, and urbanization remains a core feature of the country’s development policy.
The framework agreement between Iran and its P5+1 negotiating partners could serve as a foundation for deepening economic and diplomatic cooperation between Tehran and Beijing.
China’s economic growth rate has slowed and fiscal reforms are needed, but the country can still have a prosperous future if necessary reforms are made.
Low oil prices will likely have little effect on investment in renewables technology, and gradually reducing government subsidies will encourage competition and efficiency in the sector.
China is adopting a larger diplomatic role in Central and South Asia to enhance stability and foster prosperity in the region.
The United States might consider adopting a more flexible nuclear doctrine, but also remains committed to maintaining strategic stability through arms control measures.
The shrinking gap between U.S. and Chinese military capabilities requires careful attention to mitigate the potential risks of security instability.