Xi Jinping is trying hard to portray China as a global leader, but the pitch is a hard sell.


https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/chinas-illusory-global-leadership-by-kent-harrington-2016-03?barrier=true

China is now Southeast Asia's leading economic partner.  Despite strategic conflicts, with the status comes a political role.


https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/how-china-is-winning-southeast-asia-by-kent-harrington-2015-08?barrier=true

Views and Analysis....

Despite a rocky relationship, Japan and South Korea need each other.  And Washington needs them to work together.


https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/japan-south-korea-defense-partnership-by-kent-harrington-2015-03?barrier=true