North Koreans have been raised to fear offending their leaders, a North Korea expert says.
Falling prices may lure power companies to use more high-polluting fuel.
Shadow bank loans for industry may skew economic reports.
Even if private education is abolished, the country's school system will still not be competitive, a North Korea expert says.
Questions abound over pipeline through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
In an unprecedented move, Washington says China's so-called 'nine-dash line' is inconsistent with international law.
A veteran Chinese journalist takes aim at the Communist Party's policies in Xinjiang and the recent detention of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti.