While China's neighbors will undoubtedly welcome any respite from Chinese belligerence, they will not be fooled by sweet talk — or even sweet trade deals.
China is increasingly entrenched in an unsustainable arms race with the U.S.
Far from a rejuvenated hegemon poised to reshape the global economy, Xi's China has been exposed as a giant with feet of clay.
By raising the double-freeze solution, China put the ball in America's court, and placed the onus for resolving the crisis squarely on Trump's shoulders.
Far from a sign of strength, the Chinese regime's mistreatment of Liu Xiaobo amounted to an indication of its weakness, insecurity and fear.
India and Japan are demonstrating that Asia's major powers can frustrate Chinese ambitions without the U.S.
Donald Trump's presidency has already upended the key assumptions underpinning China's post-Cold War grand strategy.
The embrace of political strongmen reflects widespread ignorance of the nature and consequences of populist rule.
It makes little sense that Beijing is so pleased about the struggles of China's most valuable trading partners.
With China's international influence growing by the day, the revival of totalitarian scare tactics there has far-reaching — and deeply unsettling — implications for Asia and the world.