South Korea grapples with multiple political and economic challenges on top of the threat of an aggressive North Korea.
Two books published in 2016 highlight the widening gap between rich and poor in Xi Jinping's China.
Resistance rises on both sides after record year.
Individuals face curbs on dollar deals.
Government takes measured steps on coal and steel.
The reluctance of Kim Jong Un's nervous regime to acknowledge it is adopting a market economy frustrates the legal changes needed to sustain nascent growth.
Chinese historian Wang Lixiong charts the failure of China's 'reform and opening up' policies in Tibet.