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.

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

China’s stock market is like a casino, and that’s what attracts some investors

By Wade Shepard
August 19, 2015
A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau

A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau, China, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

When the stock bubble burst, did it take the rest of China with it?

By Wade Shepard
August 11, 2015
An investor looks at an electric board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Haikou

An investor looks at an electric board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Haikou, Hainan province, China, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

When it comes to war in space, U.S. has the edge

By David Axe
August 10, 2015
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, January 20, 2015 U.S. Navy

As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

July 31, 2015
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force'S new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama, south of Tokyo August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

How the U.S. is training China’s military Рwhile inching toward conflict

By William Johnson
July 23, 2015
Sailors from Chinese PLA run after unhooking a U.S. Navy UH60 Seahawk as it prepares to take off from the PLA ship Peace Ark during the RIMPAC in Honolulu

Sailors from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) run after unhooking a U.S. Navy UH60 Seahawk as it prepares to take off from the PLA ship Peace Ark during the multi-national military exercise RIMPAC in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

North Korea’s very bad year and China’s role in it

By Andray Abrahamian
July 22, 2015
File photo shows a picture of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung on a building in the capital Pyongyang

A picture of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang in this October 5, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

Japan’s pacifism fades, but most Japanese aren’t happy about it

By Peter Van Buren
July 20, 2015
Protesters burn an illustration of Japanese military flag featuring a portrait of Tojo, former general of the Imperial Japanese Army and WW2 Japanese PM, during a demonstration outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong

Protesters burn an illustration of a Japanese military flag featuring a portrait of Hideki Tojo, Japan’s prime minister during World War Two, during a demonstration outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

The weapons the U.S. needs for a war it doesn’t want

By P.W. Singer and August Cole
July 20, 2015
Fourth F-35 Lightning II arrives at Nellis Air Force Base

The fourth Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrives at the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 24, 2013, REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Daniel Hughes/Handout