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Russian authors continued to show a preference for big questions. What is the character of the transformation under way in Northeast Asia? How has history been altered by developments in Sino-Soviet relations worthy of further investigation? Is an Indo-Russian alliance within reach with transformative impact on the regional order? Is conflict between Russia and China just the imagination of the West or a possibility deserving of Russian concern and interest in trilateral talks on strategic weapons? What conclusions should Russia draw from the Sino-US trade war? The propensity to view the region through a wide lens did not, however, rule out attention to such developments as the Trump-Kim summit at the DMZ, the massive demonstrations in Hong Kong, and the worsening of Japan-ROK relations—all occurring within a week in early summer.

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