The Great Debate

A $550 million Air Force bomber so good it will never be used

By David Axe
October 22, 2015
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against Islamic State targets, September 27, 2014. The planned new bomber would make this one seem like a relic. REUTERS/Handout

The three gravest threats facing our world

By John Lloyd
October 18, 2015
Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens

Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The other deepwater battleground

By Peter Marino
October 7, 2015
A floating dock of the Indian navy is pictured at the naval base at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

A floating dock of the Indian navy is pictured at the naval base at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Sanjeev Miglani

The real reason China’s leader jailed so many of his peers

By William Johnson
September 25, 2015
Still image of Zhou Yongkang, China's former domestic security chief, sitting between his police escorts as he listens to his sentence in a court in Tianjin

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former domestic security chief, sits between his police escorts as he listens to his sentence in a court in Tianjin, China, in this still image taken from video provided by China Central Television and shot on June 11, 2015. REUTERS/China Central Television via REUTERS TV

As Xi visits the United States, China’s economy is at a tipping point

By Shuaihua Wallace Cheng
September 25, 2015
Chinese bank employee counts yuan notes in Nanjing

A Chinese bank employee counts yuan notes at a local bank in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu, province March 6, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer

How Xi Jinping can rebrand China for the West

September 24, 2015
Chinese President Xi is introduced by former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Kissinger at a policy speech to Chinese and U.S. CEOs during a dinner reception in Seattle, Washington

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) is introduced by former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a policy speech to Chinese and United States CEOs during a dinner reception in Seattle, Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

China’s eco-cities are often neither ecologically friendly, nor functional cities

By Wade Shepard
September 22, 2015
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A model of the Dongtan Eco City is displayed in the developing centre in Dongtan, on Chong Ming Island southeast to Shanghai in this January 21, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/ Nir Elias/Files

Do China’s ghost cities offer a solution to Europe’s migrant crisis?

By Wade Shepard
September 18, 2015
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These vacant apartments in the Pujiang area of Shanghai appear to be unwanted supply for non-existing demand but they’re actually new homes for residents who were evicted from the World Expo site. WADE SHEPARD FOR REUTERS

Why the Chinese ‘spies’ the White House sent home were the wrong ones

By William Johnson
September 2, 2015
A combination photo of five military officers of China's People's Liberation Army

A combination photo shows five Chinese military officers who the U.S. has accused of cyber espionage. REUTERS/FBI/Handout via Reuters

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.