As China asserts stronger claims over its coastal seas, the US and others need to be more proactive in engaging Beijing. A joint research trip in the South China Sea hints at one way.
Until he executed his powerful uncle last month, Kim 'could call up Dennis Rodman but he couldn't call up military strikes,' says one observer. Now concern is rising about the secretive leader.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea for a basketball game, gathering no small amount of criticism. But a few experts say the trip can only help – even if just a little.
The good news: Millions of people in developing countries have moved out of abject poverty. They'll need a different kind of aid, centering on education. But millions more are trapped at the bottom and need help just to survive.
China has suggested it will create more air defense zones, which worries Southeast Asian nations that have territorial disputes with China.
Regional ties are at a new low since China's unilateral announcement, but China may be willing to endure short-term displeasure for long-term gains.
The Chinese military's provocative moves on Japan-controlled islands do not match the spirit of reform in the Communist Party's recent plenum. Wiser heads in China need to ensure the country's peaceful rise as a power.