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A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2.
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With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the world’s strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing on Nov. 9. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump and Xi’s Narcissism of Small Differences

The presidents of the United States and China are destined to clash, precisely because their economic worldviews are so similar.

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Chen Miner attends the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor

Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 18. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping

China's president radically changed his country, and the Communist Party, through skill, determination — and a series of lucky breaks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon his arrival at Hamburg Airport for the G20 economic summit on July 6. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip

Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 14:  China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping reads his ballot papers prior to the election for a new president of China during the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 14, 2013 in Beijing, China. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, was elected President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission on Thursday.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Is About to Face a Constitutional Crisis

The Chinese president is making a massive bid for total power — unless the law trips him up.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries on the sidelines of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province on September 5, 2017.
Xi opened the annual summit of BRICS leaders that already has been upstaged by North Korea's latest nuclear weapons provocation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / WU HONG        (Photo credit should read WU HONG/AFP/Getty Images)

A Nuclear Slap in China’s Face

Kim Jong Un has caused Xi Jinping to lose face. What will China do about it?

A freight train transporting containers laden with goods from the UK, departs from DP World London Gateway's rail freight depot in Corringham, east of London, on April 10, 2017, enroute to Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.
The first-ever freight train from Britain to China started its mammoth journey on Monday along a modern-day "Silk Road" trade route as Britain eyes new opportunities after it leaves the European Union. The 32-container train, around 600 metres (656 yards) long, left the vast London Gateway container port laden with whisky, soft drinks and baby products, bound for Yiwu on the east coast of China. / AFP PHOTO / Isabel Infantes        (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty

Beijing's funding dozens of new rail routes as part of its global ambitions — and losing money on every one. So what's the long game?

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The U.S.-China 50

Meet the people powering the world's most complex and consequential relationship.

This undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS on March 7, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waving to North Korean officers during the launch of four ballistic missiles by Korean People's Army (KPA) during a military drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America's ally Japan. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Getting Worse By the Day

North Korea’s nuclear-weapons capabilities are increasing at an alarming rate. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping need to do something about it now.

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India Stands in the Way of China’s Free Trade Ambitions

India’s refusal to open its markets is dashing China’s hopes to dominate trade in Asia.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 19:  Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before their meeting at at the Great Hall of the People on March 19, 2017 in Beijing, China.Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Trump’s Team Has No Idea What It’s Doing On China

The administration is torn between short-sighted dealmakers and zero-sum nationalist hardliners.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump signs H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Department of Interior's Stream Protection Rule, which was signed during the final month of the Obama administration, "addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites," according to the Congress.gov summary of the resolution. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

American Coal Can Fuel Friendship With China

How Trump's favorite fossil fuel can help make North Korea sanctions great again.

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The Mysterious Disappearance and Reported Reappearance of a Chinese Billionaire

Xiao Jianhua is reportedly speaking with authorities, his family, and businesses. But what are reports not saying?

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Xi Jinping, Head of World’s Largest Communist Party, Champions Global Trade

Also, Trump's man in Davos says pulling out of global trade deals will be good for globalism.

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