Experts say China and Russia's ties are growing not out of a mutual affinity, but out of a necessity to avoid total domination by the U.S., whose strategy is only accelerating their rapprochement.
India has moved to consolidate control over restive Kashmir, threatening to resurrect border disputes with neighboring China and Pakistan.
Asia represents nearly half of the world's meat consumption. "Asia is by far the number one focus for us. It is core to our mission; core to our business," said Impossible Foods' Nick Halla.
China may seek to further update its aging air fleet, or simply bolster its growing military ties with Russia.
As a trade war looms with the U.S. and nuclear negotiations slow, Xi Jinping is making his debut visit to North Korea, shortly after Kim Jong Un's recent trip to Russia.
"Under most scenarios, short of war, the United States is unlikely to halt the narrowing power differential between itself and China," the Lowy Institute's 2019 Asia Power Index found.
Most glaciers around the world are retreating at unprecedented rates, but some are doing the exact opposite.
Tensions in the Pacific run high between the U.S. and China over the independence of Taiwan and territorial claims in the South China Sea.
China argued it was "maintaining peace and stability," while the U.S. condemned any move that "destabilizes the region and threatens stability in the Taiwan Strait."
Pakistan's military also showed four alleged Indian air force missiles with their seeker heads intact, warning Islamabad had "more truth to share" to refute New Delhi's claims.
The head of U.S. Forces Korea said North Korea's "activity that we've observed is inconsistent with denuclearization."
"Italy knows exactly what policies serve its own interests and it can make its decisions independently," China said, as Rome contemplates joining Beijing's One Belt, One Road initiative.
Chinese General Wang Weixing argued that if reunited with Beijing, Taiwan would retain significant political, economic and diplomatic independence.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "President Trump should've now realized that pageantries, photo-ops & flip-flops don't make for serious diplomacy."
After one of the most serious flare-ups in violence between India and Pakistan in years, the state of their rival armed forces is again making headlines.
North Korean official media warned that the "rough handling of inter-Korean relations and DPRK-U.S. ties may incur grave consequences."
A senior Russian diplomat said President Donald Trump was right: "17, $1 trillion and the lives of 2,300 Americans. What for? For the war to go on and for them to spill blood."
"The development of the shield must closely follow the development of spears," award-winning Chinese defense engineer Qian Qihu said.
The predictions see drastic change within the global ranking of largest economies over the next decade.
Chinese defense company Norinco has reportedly tested the country's own version of the "Mother of All Bombs," known as much for its raw power as its psychological effect.
New York Times story details Trump's process of showing off his "beautiful letters" from North Korea's supreme leader.
Just as tensions with the U.S. were heating up on Earth, the Chang'e-4 probe was set to conduct the first soft landing in history on the dark side of the moon.
Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea for "hostile acts aimed to subvert the country" and died days after his release.
Russia and China's efforts to boost bilateral ties have also drawn other regional powers, but Asia's complex political dynamics meant there were no clear alliances.
Seoul's Defense Ministry said that the "inter-Korean field verification was held in a friendly atmosphere."