Worried about social media helping to create popular movements, China runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation.
Under Xi Jinping, will China opt for a “new totalitarianism,” the current “hard authoritarianism,” turn back to a sort of “soft authoritarianism” or move toward a “semi-democracy”?
For all of China’s active global summitry, the most complex diplomatic exercise is entirely domestic – the CCP’s Party Congress, held every five years.
We must accept that North Korea is a nuclear power and rely on nuclear deterrence while normalizing relations in the process.
The U.S. and China may seem completely out of step – but face many of the same challenges.
China has established a seven-decade-long record of strategic caution and a preference for diplomatic and paramilitary rather than military solutions to national security problems.
With its short-term focus on what currently occupies the American mind (North Korea), the U.S. is actually playing into China’s hands in Asia.
In recent years, many American leaders have grown cavalier about nuclear war, especially with Russia, but there is also risk of a devastating conflict with China.
Overcoming nationalistic barriers is more urgent than ever for pro-Western Asian countries.