Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump repeatedly challenged the status quo regarding key US allies, including NATO, Japan, and South Korea. But his actual intentions are unclear.
Kim Jong-un's regime gave South Korea 48 hours to stop broadcasting anti-North loudspeaker messages across the demilitarized zone.
In a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 187 scholars say Japan's wartime history has become 'distorted by nationalist invective' at a time of growing regional tensions.
The sinking of the Sewol ferry a year ago was the worst peacetime civil disaster in South Korean history. Families of the missing and dead remain aggrieved over the handling of the rescue operation.