'Never before has North Korea been more troubling, its nuclear program seemingly more successful than anyone suspected, and the country well on the way, under the maverick young leader Kim Jong-un, to being able to deliver nuclear-loaded ballistics to US assets,' writes Kerry Brown.
After the Trump-Xi summit in Florida, there appears to be no fundamental change to the Sino-US relationship. 'All that continues as before. Chairs have just been rearranged – that’s all,' writes Kerry Brown.
'Xi's second term will need to be about the positives, not the negatives. If he fails to deliver, he might face a public response which will make the democratic route to vengeance – through the ballot box – look very mild in comparison.'