On the northern tier of Asia, rethinking about geopolitics centers on three arenas. The first is the Sino-Russian nexus looking outward, particularly at the US role in Asia but also at linkages in which this bilateral relationship is enmeshed. The second is the Korean Peninsula, framed by South Korea as the centerpiece for regional reorganization. Finally, Japan has emerged as an alternate source of reconceptualization of regional dynamics, wrestling as well with the fallout of the deterioration in Sino-US relations. Developments in 2020 have put the spotlight on the double whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Sino-US cold war and decoupling. What frameworks are emerging to comprehend what is taking shape as the new structure in Asia?