For the Chinese Communist Party, Taiwan represents the final obstacle to truly concluding the Chinese Civil War.
Despite the reactions of the United States and South Korea to the North's human-rights abuses, North Koreans are left behind.
The United States needs to diplomatically engage China over the South China Sea to reduce tensions, build trust, and achieve a quick and lasting solution to the North Korea problem.
President Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. What does this mean for the rest of the world?
It could lead to an arms race in the Asia-Pacific region and heighten the chance of military conflict.
No indication has been made as to whether Washington, DC is trading the South China Sea for Beijing’s cooperation on Pyongyang.
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