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Abe, Trump Reaffirm Plan to Maximize Pressure on DPRK

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed that Japan and the United States would take the initiative to exert maximum pressure on North Korea, at a bilateral meeting held Monday at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s [...]

China’s Dangerous Return to One-Man Reign

By ending collective leadership, Xi Jinping revives the specter of chaotic power struggles. Andrew Browne writes: Liu Shaoqi, one of Mao’s designated successors, died on a prison floor in his own filth. Another, Lin Biao, perished in a plane [...]

The Chinese World Order

Andrew J. Nathan writes: Ten years ago the journalist James Mann published a book called The China Fantasy, in which he criticized American policymakers for using something he called “the Soothing Scenario” to justify the policy of diplomatic [...]

Report: North Korea Agents Arrested in China

(UPI) — North Korean agents who attempted to assassinate Kim Han Sol were arrested in Beijing, according to a South Korean newspaper. The JoongAng Daily reported Monday Chinese authorities have detained a group of North Koreans connected to a [...]

Article 9 and Japan’s Missile Defense Dilemma

After North Korea’s recent missile tests over Japan, new questions have been raised about the ‘pacifist clause’ of the Japanese Constitution and the effectiveness of Japan’s missile defense strategy. How could Shinzo Abe respond? Charles [...]

North Korea Conducts 6th Nuclear Test

SEOUL (AP) — South Korea’s military said Sunday that North Korea is believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test after it detected a strong earthquake, hours after Pyongyang claimed that its leader has inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a [...]

Regime Change is the Only Way to Disarm North Korea

If America and its allies believe Kim Jong-un will give up his nuclear arsenal, they are deluded. John Power says Pyongyang under the Kim family sees its weapons as a security guarantee and powerful negotiating tool, and the only way it will disarm [...]

North Korea Shows Off Improvements with Latest Launch

Munenori Inoue and Seima Oki report: North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch late Friday night reached the highest altitude ever achieved by the nation, possibly enough to threaten the U.S. capital of Washington, according [...]

South Korea Debates Developing its Own Nuclear Weapons

Stuart Leavenworth writes: No longer sure they can rely on the United States, an increasing number of South Korean lawmakers say their country should develop its own nuclear arsenal to deter an attack by Kim Jong Un, their belligerent neighbor to [...]