Historian Peter Perdue traces the parallels between Qing Dynasty practices and this week's 18th Party Congress in Beijing.
Richard H. Solomon, former president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, states that in some ways, China's society and economy have both outgrown its political system.
The greatest challenge facing China's new leaders, says J. Michael Evans of Goldman Sachs, is the potential for civil unrest spurred by income inequality in a growing economy.
Three uniformed women take a break by a fountain in Pyongyang, North Korea on September 25, 2012. (Matt Paish 2012/Flickr)
Figuring out how to transfer power at the top in the absence of an open and legitimate leadership selection process is the biggest political challenge China faces.
After years spent documenting underground child boxing in Thailand, filmmaker Todd Kellstein says, "It became clear that as a foreigner, I was in no place to judge."
A man holds up decorative oil lamps at a shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India on November 6, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo gallery documents the aftermath of this past weekend's earthquake in northern Myanmar, which brought down a bridge, damaged a Buddhist pagoda, and claimed several lives.
An elephant charges to protect its land in the Kabini Forest in Nagarle, Karnataka, Indonesia on May 30, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord discusses the "perils of prediction" when it comes to China's leadership.
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