When North Korea's happiness is derived from possessing nuclear weapons outside the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the international consensus seems to be that the Hermit Kingdom cannot be allowed to be happy.Read More
Relations between China and the U.S. have long been a subject of media attention. As Zheng Zeguang, assistant Chinese foreign minister observed, “China is the biggest developing country while the United States is the biggest developed country.” But recent issues regarding North Korean aggression, cybersecurity and slow economic growth has made the relationship between China and the U.S. invariably more essential. It is in this context that we turn our attention to Rancho Mirage, California, for this week’s informal U.S.-China summit, where the two nations will set a precedent for future relations and negotiations.Read More
Newly elected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated in his confirmation hearing that one of his goals is to compete economically with China in Africa. Elizabeth Economy, Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations believes this objective will be difficult given the enormous amount of trade and investment resources that China currently dedicates to Africa.Read More
As tensions between Japan and China continue to persist well into the new year, officials from both sides have offered small, mitigating steps towards addressing a thorny littoral dispute, which is threatening to escalate into a military conflagration.Read More
Speaking at the Asia Society on Monday, National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon presented a broad outline of U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Notably, he prioritized cybersecurity as a mounting challenge in U.S.-China relations.Read More
The bellicose rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang is very threatening these days. Whether it is a revocation of the armistice that ended the Korean War or cutting off one of the few pathways towards North-South communication, the Kim Jong Un regime is engaging in increasingly destabilizing behavior.Read More
It is essential that important decision makers can communicate effectively during the next major crisis.