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Mike Pompeo at a separate announcement in August. Photo: Rod Lamkey/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that he'll be traveling to North Korea next week along with Stephen Biegun, whom he named as special representative to the regime. Biegun served on George W. Bush's National Security Council, and is retiring as an executive at Ford Motor Company at the end of this month.

Why it matters: North Korea has thus far taken no significant steps toward denuclearization since the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in June. Pompeo's last visit was a rocky one, but this time might have to go better in order to convince the Trump administration Kim is serious about the process.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently arrested in Moscow, just months after being poisoned in an assassination attempt, in what could become Joe Biden’s first major foreign policy test.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Bill Browder, an investor and author who has his own history of clashing with Putin, to better understand the Navalny situation and how the U.S. might respond by using a law that Browder helped create.

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Special report: Trump's U.S.-China transformation

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President Trump began his term by launching the trade war with China he had promised on the campaign trail. By mid-2020, however, Trump was no longer the public face of China policy-making as he became increasingly consumed with domestic troubles, giving his top aides carte blanche to pursue a cascade of tough-on-China policies.

Why it matters: Trump alone did not reshape the China relationship. But his trade war shattered global norms, paving the way for administration officials to pursue policies that just a few years earlier would have been unthinkable.

McConnell: Trump "provoked" Capitol mob

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was "provoked by the president and other powerful people."

Why it matters: Trump was impeached by the House last week for "incitement of insurrection." McConnell has not said how he will vote in Trump's coming Senate impeachment trial, but sources told Axios' Mike Allen that the chances of him voting to convict are higher than 50%.

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