The leading power here is China, with the world’s biggest population and second-largest economy, which is now striving to establish its hegemony throughout the Pacific Rim. Taiwan, South and North Korea, and Japan are all groping for ways to resist Chinese expansion while maintaining strong economic ties with the region’s colossus.
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Mongolia faces a challenge to its democratic development
A recent constitutional amendment bars Mongolia’s sitting president from running for a second term in the June 2021 elections. In response, he has moved to delegalize the country’s ruling political party. The crisis threatens the country’s democratic transition and may undermine its geopolitical standing.