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The last “public” voyage abroad by one of the Kim dynasty’s designated scions was “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il’s visit to China in 1983. It was a disaster. And while the Dear Respected, to be sure, would appear to have more stage confidence than his departed father: but that is a low bar.
Even if it functioned more like the EU, ASEAN would still suffer from the fatal flaw of having no singular, sword-wielding executive capacity to carry out and defend its policies. It turns out that the postmodern world is still in need of what the early modern world’s theorists—Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke—knew was essential if true peace and prosperity were to be achieved.
It’s now possible Chinese coal production has peaked. Consumption, too – the first quarter saw a 42-percent plunge in import volume to 49 million tons, contributing to a 4.7-percent decline in domestic coal sales. The explanation is a long-term economic slowdown and the ecologically-driven policy and popular shift from coal as lifeblood to coal as undesirable.
Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese nuclear experts have upped their assessment of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities—they estimate that Pyongyang now has an arsenal of 20 warheads, which could double by the end of next year. The assessment was shared with American (non-governmental) experts at a meeting hosted by the Chinese Institute of International Studies, a research organization affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
As with the World Bank and other project lenders, the AIIB will evaluate roads, dams, and so on, then evaluate global engineering firms for building them. The leaders in Asian infrastructure are Chinese state-owned engineering giants such as Power Construction Corp. and Sinomach.
The Yemen operation demonstrates the latent capability of China’s anti-piracy task force to conduct rapid non-combatant evacuation operations (NEOs). As the PRC’s military capabilities have matured, its citizens increasingly expect government assistance in evacuating them from war zones. This NEO sets further precedent that the Chinese government will assist its citizens in need.