North Korea Rolls Back Economic Reform

Kim Jong Un can issue orders about what people may buy or sell, but North Koreans, driven by the desire to better their lot, will eventually ignore his demands.

The President’s Preferred Bad Deal

The Obama administration once seemed to understand why a bad deal would not only fail to meet US goals but exacerbate the Iranian nuclear threat. Not so anymore.

China’s ‘Core Interests’

Beijing’s expanding concept of “core interests,” to which the US and others seem all too deferential, is merely another means of party control that should not go unchallenged.

China’s Last ‘Immortal’ Dies

Some do not count Wan Li, who died last week, as one of China's Eight Immortals. But his passing marks the end of an era—and a stage at which most authoritarian regimes begin to decline.