Four lessons about what the history of the province where the coronavirus emerged tells us about the Chinese Communist Party.
Andrew Scobell is a senior political scientist at the Rand Corp. (on leave) and the Bren Chair in Non-Western Strategic Thought at the Krulak Center at Marine Corps University.
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Editor’s Note: North Korea has long been a thorny problem for the United States as an erratic nuclear power that threatens America’s regional allies. Yet the problem may be even bigger for China, which has long propped up the North Korean regime but must live with its destabilizing behavior. Andrew Scobell and Mark Cozad of RAND describe China’s diplomatic, economic, and military entanglement with North Korea and contend that despite the many problems, inertia is likely to keep China on its current course.