Tibet's current Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, has announced he may not reincarnate, which would halt a 700-year-old religious practice. It may be his only option for saving Buddhism from Chinese government interference.
Nicaragua has given a Chinese company the go ahead to build a 173-mile-long canal through the heart of their country.
China owns a significant chunk of U.S. debt, and financiers from the country are also making big investments elsewhere in the American economy. So how much of the U.S. does China own?
According to Mongolian historians, much of the series' plot plays fast and loose with the facts.
This nation surrounded by water patrols its coastal seas with a defense force and is strong relative to its geographic neighborhood, but it's a bit more modestly powerful in global terms. Trace explains.
China and North Korea have been treaty partners and official allies since 1961. Given the obvious disparities between the two nations, what does each get from their alliance, and can it hold up much longer? Tara explains.
The dispute over an island system is only the latest in a series of conflicts between China and Japan. Trace examines some of the reasons the Chinese have issues with the Japanese, even though the two are trade partners.
Protests in Hong Kong present an ominous backdrop to ongoing concerns from citizens there that they could lose the fragile freedoms and rule of law that distinguish their home from life on mainland China.
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