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Time to Topple North Korea

Newsweek: Rising powers must take their role more seriously. Daily Beast: Kashmir dispute threatens South Asia’s stability. NYT: The US must work harder to compete with China.

China’s rise deeply impacts East Asia

Columnist Doyle McManus writes in the Los Angeles Times that China’s new assertiveness in East Asia is likely to continue as it sees the economic status of the United States decline and its own military and economic might expand.

QUOTE: Managing the impact of China's rise to great-power status — and with it, the loss of our own near-monopoly over military power in the Pacific — is one of the great challenges of US statecraft in our time. How the process turns out could determine whether East Asia's 21st century is marked by peace or war.

Rising powers must take their role more seriously

Editor Fareed Zakaria writes in Newsweek that rising powers like India, China, Brazil and Turkey need to take more responsibility for global affairs and make a positive contribution on issues such as climate change and energy use.

QUOTE: Many of these countries want to be deferred to on matters of regional peace and stability. Yet they continue to pursue their national interests even more zealously.

It’s time to topple the North Korean regime

Christian Whiton, a US State Department senior advisor from 2003 to 2009 and a principal at DC International Advisory, writes in the Wall Street Journal that the United States and its allies should use the likely power transition in North Korea as an opportunity to help the nation’s citizens topple their regime.

QUOTE: Those hoping that a fresh new face in Pyongyang will finally allow the old strategy of nuclear talks to work will be disappointed. But by adopting a new strategy to face the new leadership, America, Japan and South Korea could seize this unique opportunity to address the Pyongyang problem once and for all.

Miliband promises to rebuild the Labour Party

Labour Party’s new leader, Ed Miliband, pledges in the Daily Telegraph to rebuild his party and regain the support of British families. He promises to help the party learn from its past experiences, act as a responsible opposition and provide a constructive alternative to the government.

QUOTE: My aim is to show that our party is on the side of the squeezed middle in our country and everyone who has worked hard and wants to get on. My aim is to return our party to power. This is a tough challenge. It is a long journey. But our party has made the first step in electing a leader from a new generation.

Dealing with China and all its personalities

David E. Sanger writes in the New York Times that now that China’s military might has grown, it has decided it can have a significant impact on international affairs outside its neighborhood. China is now showing a range of behaviors from aggressive to diplomatic.

QUOTE: What American diplomats and analysts now have to figure out is what drives China’s actions and responses, how to try to shape them and, some would argue, what limits to try to set.   

Obama must chart a new course

William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, writes in the Financial Times that President Obama’s economic and political strategies have stopped working, and he must now change course.

QUOTE: Armed with a new economic strategy, Mr Obama would be able to invite the Republicans into a negotiation that they might initially resist but would eventually have to enter.

Kashmir dispute threatens South Asia’s stability

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and a senior fellow in the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, writes in the Daily Beast that President Obama must use his visit to India in November to help India and Pakistan come to an agreement over Kashmir, where conflict has again intensified.

QUOTE: For the US, reducing and resolving the India-Pakistan Cold War before it goes hot is critical to stability in South Asia, isolating the jihadi extremists and preventing a war in South Asia that could go nuclear.

Democrats must reconnect with the working class

Joan C. Williams, a professor at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, writes in the Washington Post that if the Democrats want to do well in the upcoming election, they must begin appealing to white working-class voters. She argues that for decades the Democrats have been focused on helping the poor in the United States and have not paid enough attention to the suffering working class.

QUOTE: Democrats must show that they understand the pain and angst of the working class. They need to remind people that health-care reform wasn't about the poorest of the poor -- they were already covered. Rather, the effort was aimed at working families who couldn't afford care.

Japan may soon witness a savings crisis

Martin Feldstein, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, writes in Project Syndicate that Japan’s household savings rate has declined as the population has aged and more young people focus on consumption. This could become problematic as Japan faces rising deficits and debt.

QUOTE: The result in Japan would then be rising real interest rates as the low private saving rate runs head-on into large fiscal deficits. That would weaken the stock market, lower business investment, and impede economic growth

The US must work harder to compete with China

Columnist Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times that the United States should spend less focus on rebuilding Afghanistan and more on competing with China, which continues to make big “game-changing investments.”

QUOTE: We’re out of balance — the balance between security and prosperity. We need to be in a race with China, not just Al Qaeda.