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Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

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 leave a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

America Can’t Win Great-Power Hardball

As other countries rise, global stability depends on the United States holding onto its moralism.

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.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.

President Donald Trump talks during a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The New TPP May Sink Trump’s Other Trade Dreams

Mexico and Canada now have an alternative to trade with the United States, giving them more leverage in contentious NAFTA talks.

Protesters burn an image of U.S. President Donald Trump fashioned on a swastika as they march the streets of Manila during the start of the ASEAN meetings between heads of state on Nov. 13 in Manila, Philippines. (Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Trump’s Worst Trip Ever. Until His Next One.

A look back at the American president’s rollercoaster ride through Asia.

Components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system are unloaded at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on March 6. (United States Forces Korea via Getty Images)

China’s Charm Offensive on South Korea Is Starting to Work

And that’s making the Trump administration’s North Korea policy a lot harder to pull off.

How much will Trump accomplish?

Trump’s Big Asian Adventure

President Trump is making his way through Asia on the longest trip to the region since the age of ping-pong diplomacy. But how much will he actually accomplish?

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen oversees a military drill on May 25, 2017.
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Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Nov. 7. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of Trump’s China Visit, ‘Real Teeth’ in New North Korea Sanctions Bill

The proposed bill targets major Chinese banks and could give Trump leverage in Beijing.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 10. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Will Be Haunted by the Ghost of TPP

Throwing out a global trade deal has enormous ramifications in Asia.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.

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