Recent events combined with historical strains reaching back 60 years have turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe.
Vietnam is moving forward in resolving the dispute using its principle of "Peace and Cooperation," but the U.S. is holding naval exercises in the region.
"What are public schools like in China; are they very strict; what subjects do they teach at different levels; how do they compare with American schools?"
The United States has never ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the peaceful means to settle disputes.
Forty years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing.
Latin American and Caribbean cooperation with China serves economic needs on both sides.
China's top work safety official issued a stinging criticism of company management and government regulatory efforts following Monday's deadly poultry plant fire that killed 120 and injured 77.
Indian voters rejected the reactionary Hindu-nationalist party, known as the BJP, in a recent state election. The huge loss spells trouble for the ultra-right party in the 2014 national elections.
Last year, after participating in a Beijing conference on the crisis of capitalism and the future of world socialism, I took the bullet train to Nanjing, 620 miles away.
On Thursday November 16, the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) ended in Beijing with the election of a new team of party leaders.