On March 11, 2011, an underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan, triggered one of the most devastating tsunamis of a generation.
With nearly twenty-five million citizens, a secretive totalitarian dictatorship, and active nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs, North Korea presents some of the world’s most difficult foreign policy challenges.
In recent years, the film industry in the People’s Republic of China has found itself among the top three most prolific in the world.
Chinese leaders have long been fascinated by the United States, but have often chosen to demonize America for perceived cultural and military imperialism.
With an economy and population that dwarf most industrialized nations, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower.
Promoting democracy has long been a priority of Western foreign policy.
The People’s Republic of China has experienced significant transformations since Deng Xiaoping instituted economic reforms in 1978.
The five Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan constitute an area of increasing importance in global politics.
When Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, China symbolically asserted its role as an emerging world power—a position it is not likely to relinquish anytime soon.
The world’s third largest economy and a stable democracy, Japan remains a significant world power; but its economy has become stagnant, and its responses to the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the nuclear crisis that followed have raised international concerns.
The world was watching when footage of the “tank man”—the lone Chinese citizen blocking the passage of a column of tanks during the brutal 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square—first appeared in the media.
China’s rapid socioeconomic transformation of the past twenty years has led to dramatic changes in its judicial system and legal practices.
Westerners seem united in the belief that China has emerged as a major economic power and that this success will most likely continue indefinitely.
As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations.
China’s enormous size, vast population, abundant natural resources, robust economy, and modern military suggest that it will emerge as a great world power.
Relations between China and Russia have evolved dramatically since their first diplomatic contact, particularly during the twentieth century.