Even with the reemergence of Kim Jong Un, questions remain about the mysterious nature of the inner workings of North Korea. The Wilson Center’s, James Person, who accurately predicted that Kim was still in charge when others were engaged in speculation to the contrary, provides insight into North Korea’s lack of transparency and its recent attempts to engage with other nations that have been described as a “charm offensive.”
Crowds of protesters are shrinking, talks are scheduled, but frustrations on both sides remain. While many in the press and elsewhere are quick to reference the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Robert Daly explains how what’s happening today is different in many ways.
"The problem here is that no one is willing to back down; the government is not going to resign, the protestors have no budged on their demand that the government needs to resign...the longer this goes, the more concern there is for the economic situation in Pakistan, which was already quite grave before this crisis began." says Michael Kugelman in this interview.
Chinese leaders have identified U.S. and Western culture as threats to Chinese values and society. But as China becomes more engaged with the world, is it possible to encourage foreign investment while avoiding the power of pop culture?
Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?
Recent naval exercises in the Pacific, including China’s navy for the first time, will be followed by the latest iteration of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Should we expect major, or even minor, progress during a tense moment in the relationship between the two nations? Robert Daly provides perspective.
In this Context interview, Anne-Marie Brady, associate professor in Political Science at the University of Canterbury, provided insight into China’s goals for the region and possibilities for Chinese collaboration with the United States.
The Wilson Center recently partnered with the East Asia Foundation to host a half-day conference, "Asessing Threats Facing the U.S.-Korea Alliance." In the second panel discussion entitled New Trading Blocs in the Asia-Pacific?: TPP, RCEP, and US-Korea Cooperation, the Wilson Center's Asia Program director Robert Hathaway moderated a heated debate about Korea's interests and free trade regimes.
Is China's ever-growing presence a real threat or simply a perceived one? That was one of a number of thought-provoking questions addressed In the first panel discussion of a half day conference, "Assessing Threats Facing the U.S.-Korea Alliance."
President Obama capped a four-nation visit to Asia with the announcement of a security agreement with the Philippines. While China was not one of the President’s stops, relations with the People’s Republic loomed large as a back drop for his visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy about the significance of the trip.