Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight
Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.
Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief
Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.
The Asian Century Is Over
Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.
Filipinos Don’t Trust Duterte to Handle China
A maritime clash has left the public wondering why their president won’t stand up to Beijing.
China’s Overrated Technocrats
Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.
China and Japan’s Pragmatic Peace
Facing U.S. unpredictability, both countries have decided that they’re better off working together.
To G-20 Leaders, Trump’s Bully Boy Routine Has Grown Old
He’ll insult them in public, then demand a deal behind closed doors. The meeting in Osaka is another test case of the president’s dealmaking skills.
How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump
The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.
Kim Jong Un Wants It All
Anna Fifield on how the North Korean leader uses class divisions to stay in power.
In Hong Kong, the Freedom to Publish Is Under Attack
If the extradition law is eventually forced through the Hong Kong legislature, censorship of books will become commonplace in what has long been a bastion of publishing freedom.
30 Years After Tiananmen: How the West Still Gets China Wrong
Washington once mistakenly thought the crackdown would be temporary. It was wrong then, just as it’s wrong about a new Cold War now.
China’s Complacent Generation
Thirty years after Tiananmen, the CCP has largely triumphed over history. But its failure to recognize that could spell trouble.
Iran Is Scaring Off Its Friends, Too
Even Tehran’s sympathizers in Europe and Asia are leery of its latest shifts in policy.
The Birth of Chinese Nationalism
Chinese students marched into Tiananmen Square 100 years ago in a movement that is still shaping attitudes in the country today.
With Little Fanfare, Japan Just Changed the Way It Uses Its Military
In a first since 1945, the country is sending self-defense forces to a non-U.N. mission abroad.
Welcome to the Post-Middle East ISIS
The Islamic State has a newly expanded geographic focus—and the results will be worse than the original.