International

01/12/2017 - 2:00pm

    In 1994, when I was secretary of defense, we came perilously close to a second Korean War because of North Korea's nuclear program. Today we are again approaching a crisis with North Korea, and again the cause is its nuclear program. A war in 1994 would have been terrible, but we were able to avoid it with diplomacy (the Agreed Framework, from...

12/31/2016 - 1:00pm

    The U.S.-China relationship is ending 2016 on its most ominous note in years. President-elect Donald Trump has questioned the one-China policy that has been the default American position and angered mainland China by taking a congratulatory call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen. China has...

12/31/2016 - 9:00am

    President Barack Obama will have to wait until after he leaves office to see if some of his most touted foreign-policy achievements - such as the opening to Cuba and the Iranian nuclear deal - survive his presidency. But even before he exits, it is already obvious that his signature policy in East Asia...

12/30/2016 - 10:00am

    As Beijing and more than 20 other cities in northern China have been plunged into another winter air-pollution crisis, with choking, toxic air and many people afraid to wander outside, observers wonder when China will start making significant progress on this problem. But there is some good news, namely...

12/28/2016 - 10:00am

    "Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran," President Obama said last week of the barbarity in Aleppo, Syria, "and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands."

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12/27/2016 - 8:00pm

    Spring has come early to the South China Sea. Many analysts had assumed that China would do something to test the newly elected president once he was in office. George W. Bush faced an earlier incident when a Chinese frigate nearly rammed the USNS Bowditch in March 2001 and the spy plane collision a few...

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