from The Great Debate:

What the blow up between North and South Korea may really have been about

By William Johnson
August 24, 2015

North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang

North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 23, 2015.

from The Great Debate:

The five most important issues in U.S.-China relations

By William Johnson
June 23, 2015

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang and US Secretary of State Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

from Expert Zone:

India has a good chance to pick up from where China is leaving off

By Frederic Neumann
June 4, 2015

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from The Great Debate:

Why a forceful U.S. response to China’s artificial island-building won’t float

By William Johnson
May 21, 2015

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

from The Great Debate:

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015

Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

from The Great Debate:

Why China’s President Xi Jinping isn’t Mao 2.0

By William Johnson
April 20, 2015

Souvenir plates bearing images of China's President Xi Jinping and China's late Chairman Mao Zedong are displayed at a shop nearby Great Hall of the People where National People's Congress will be held, in Beijing

Souvenir plates bearing the images of China's President Xi Jinping and China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

from The Great Debate:

Slowing economy won’t alter Xi’s ‘China Dream’

By John Lloyd
April 16, 2015

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi Jinping seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

from The Great Debate:

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015

Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94

from The Great Debate:

Meet the four autocrats of the apocalypse

By John Lloyd
January 16, 2015

Russian President Putin attends a meeting with his counterpart from Venezuela Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his counterpart from Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Jan. 15, 2015. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Metaphor meets reality: U.S. and China are clearing the air

By Elizabeth A. Cobbs
November 17, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive for a group photo at the G20 summit in Brisbane

History has no on-off buttons. Change is never instantaneous. But President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent accord on greenhouse gases may allow the world to start dialing down dangerous carbon emissions.