9. China and the pivot
While the United States races to build stronger alliances with China's neighbors, the Pentagon and the People's Liberation Army have reached new levels of cooperation thanks to Obama's active open hand policy with Beijing. U.S. senior military leaders want Beijing to be a partner in global security. Naïve? Mabye. Worth the try? Definitely. It's early, it's tense, but so far, it's getting better, not worse.