- Afghanistan and America's Global Role | After the Taliban seized the last provincial capital in Afghanistan and named its new interim government, the world remains wary of how the returned Taliban will deliver its promise to become more inclusive than before 2001. Great powers and the country's neighbors are bracing for the threat of increasing terrorism. Meanwhile, the U.S. is under intense scrutiny concerning its role in the globalized world.
- China's Domestic Crackdowns | The crackdowns on domestic business in China since early August have expanded to the entertainment industry. With the country's rise expected to become the benchmark of global economic success, the moves have triggered heated debates at home and abroad.
- Collaboration on Climate Change | Experts debated whether or not China and the U.S. can work together on climate change issues. While some saw U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry's visit to China last week as a positive indication of future climate cooperation, others remained skeptical at both countries' initiatives to reduce emissions.
- Nuclear Transparency | NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticized China after accusing the country of increasing its nuclear arsenal without providing transparency of its practices. Commentators argued transparency is implied, while highlighting the lack of transparency surrounding U.S. nuclear power and the devastation wrought during the U.S. "war on terror" in Afghanistan.
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