Rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has renewed discussions about a possible improvement of U.S.-Russia relations that has the potential to shift great-power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific.
China might soon start construction of its first big breeder reactor, with questions remaining to answer on plant design, fuel, and the future direction of the country's fast reactor program.
Governments need to adapt traditional concepts and tools of statecraft to the digital age.
While political transitions are always hard, the international landscape today is particularly unforgiving.
U.S. President Trump has indicated that he will increase pressure on China to help tackle the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, but further pressure could lead to erratic and dangerous responses from North Korea.
The new U.S. administration should avoid fueling unrealistic expectations of a breakthrough and instead seek incremental progress on specific topics based on a set of guiding principles.
China’s leaders will focus on maintaining stable relations with the United States in 2017, particularly in the run-up to the 19th Party Congress.
The new administration should think carefully before moving forward with recent proposals about China and the U.S. role in Asia.
The likelihood of North Korean nuclear and missile tests over the next six months is fairly high if the Trump administration continues the Obama administration’s unsuccessful approach of “strategic patience.”
For its own security and global stability, China should play a positive leadership role and adhere to a cool-headed, prudent, and well-thought-out nuclear policy.