Richard Javad Heydarian author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific"
Apr 24 , 2018
Richard Heydarian, recently returned from a trip to North Korea, argues that the Kim regime has returned to the negotiating table out of a fortuitous combination of greater confidence, mastery of the nuclear cycle, and vulnerability, as sanctions begin to undermine the economic viability of the country.
Peter Bittner Editorial Assistant, The Diplomat
Apr 19 , 2018
Why is the Mongolian capital now apparently at the top of the list for the Trump and Kim to meet to sort out their differences? Well, it appears that both North Korea and the United States may have very good reasons.
Wu Zurong Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Apr 17 , 2018
The ball is in Trump’s court now.
Wang Fudong Assistant Research Fellow, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
Apr 11 , 2018
Kim Jong Un’s clear indication to denuclearize and his recent visit to China will bring spring to the peninsula.
Dean P. Chen Associate Professor of Political Science, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Apr 06 , 2018
There are many uncertainties and moving parts, but one thing is certain: Kim’s short trip to China has shaken up the strategic dynamics of East Asia.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Apr 06 , 2018
China’s involvement in the negotiation process with North Korea and in the ultimate implementation of any agreement is essential. It will take serious effort to develop policies, organizations, and processes that simultaneously satisfy the DPRK, Beijing, and America. That just makes it more important that multilateral discussions begin on these issues.
Sampson Oppedisano Executive Assistant to the Dean, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
Apr 04 , 2018
To China, North Korea has remained, though a thorn in its side at points, a check against Western powers in the region, namely the United States. As with climate change, this the North Korea conundrum is a valuable opportunity for China to continue to prove its desire to become more involved in global crises and continue to showcase its “peaceful rise” in the global community.
Paul Haenle Director, Carnegie–Tsinghua Center
Apr 03 , 2018
China appeared increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of South Korea and the United States in the lead and in control of the direction of diplomacy with North Korea. Now, Xi has had the opportunity to influence the terms of any future agreement.
Abraham M. Denmark Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Mar 28 , 2018
The danger of a make-or-break summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un is that it may break, and convince either or both leaders that diplomacy is doomed to fail.
An Gang Senior Researcher at the Pangoal Institution
Mar 28 , 2018
Can anyone trust Kim’s promises – or Trump’s?