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Snapshot,
Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson

Since September 2012, the waters and airspace surrounding the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea have become increasingly crowded. China is conducting more military and paramilitary operations, and Japan is scrambling fighter jets daily. The risk of an unintended low-level incident escalating to a crisis has reached new heights. Given this reality, the two sides urgently need effective bilateral crisis management mechanisms.

Snapshot,
Richard A. Bitzinger

The growth in China's military spending is outpacing the country's economic growth. Here's what this means for the country's peaceful rise.

Snapshot,
Dan Steinbock

Beijing recently launched an estimated $160 billion deal, in which local governments’ risky debts will be replaced with low-interest municipal debt. The change heralded a huge shift in ongoing efforts by Chinese reformers to shore up the country's economy.

Snapshot,
Syed Fazl-e-Haider

A seaport in southwest Pakistan may hold the key to China’s energy supremacy. At least, that’s what China hopes.

Snapshot,
Jennifer Lind

Japan and South Korea may never be as cozy as France and Germany are today, but certain conditions, or enemies, can push them to reconcile.

Snapshot,
Philippa Brant

Over the past few years, China's aid to Pacific Island countries has increased, but few understand the full amount of money Beijing has given to its neighbors. Here's where the money has gone.

Snapshot,
Stephen Hadley and Paul Haenle

U.S. leaders should not dismiss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal to build a “new type of major-country relations” out of hand if Xi is willing to remove the proposition's references to core interests.

Snapshot,
Van Jackson

Russia tends to make diplomatic overtures to North Korea whenever relations between Moscow and Washington sour. With U.S. strategy in Asia hanging in the balance, though, the repercussions of a stronger Russian-North Korean partnership could be different than ever before.

Snapshot,
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

In China, the overwhelming cultural pressure for women to marry by the age of 27—especially intense around Chinese New Year—has led to a burgeoning rent-a-boyfriend industry.

Postscript,
Salvatore Babones

It has been clear for a long time that China's rate of economic growth would eventually decelerate for a number of reasons.

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