"The family has a tough way forward in gaining popular confidence," says political analyst Yashwant Deshmukh. "However, that’s the only way they can cling to power, that is, gaining people’s confidence."
Charles K. Armstrong says a conference attended by a North Korea nuclear envoy showed the country is continuing to implement, and even accelerating negotiation efforts put in motion before the death of Kim Jong Il.
Current tensions — including Tibetan monks and nuns using self-immolation as a form of protest — are not going to disappear without some concession from China's government, says a leading Tibet expert.
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