For the first time in a generation, there is widespread anxiety about the possibility of nuclear war. In a recent op-ed, Jeffrey Bader and Jonathan Pollack advocate for legislation that would require deliberation among senior officials before a nuclear weapon could be launched.
China’s military leadership will likely undergo an unprecedentedly large-scale turnover at the 19th Party Congress this October. Recent developments offer insight into Xi Jinping’s political standing ahead of his second term and shed light on civilian-military relations in China as well as the trajectory of the country’s military modernization.
Despite a stream of concerning headlines on North Korea, recent actions taken by various nations point the way toward greater international cooperation to freeze or roll back the country's nuclear and missile programs. These developments provide a positive counterpoint to the gloom cast by North Korean tests.
On October 10, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings will host leading U.S. experts and former officials to identify actionable policy steps the White House and Congress should take to address the growing threat from North Korea.
Missing names signal leadership change in China’s military. Several of China’s top military leaders will not be delegates to the 19th Party Congress. In an interview with Reuters, Cheng Li says, “This is a very clear message: they’re out.”
U.S. criticism of South Korea confounds analysts. In an interview with CNBC, Jonathan Pollack expresses concern over President Trump’s cavalier treatment of South Korea.
Tariffs on U.S. steel imports would likely harm close partners more than China. Ryan Hass tells CGTN that U.S. tariffs on steel imports would have the unintended consequence of harming U.S. partners like Mexico, Germany, and South Korea more than they would impact China.
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