China’s aim is to play a constructive role in a peace process which is “guided and owned by the people of Afghanistan.”
Many of Abe’s political conundrums come from his own missteps.
The THAAD deployment is one of the biggest irritants for the Beijing-Seoul relationship.
As the group has garnered lucrative profits from an influx of Chinese and South Korean tourists and has been rapidly expanding, Motoya’s move to deny history seems surprising and beyond understanding.
The question is how the US will rate the degree of threats of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
There is no doubt that if tensions build in the South China Sea, Tokyo will boast more power in countering Beijing in the East China Sea dispute.
In the forthcoming Japan-US summit, will Abe succeed in influencing Trump’s Asia-Pacific policies? The answer doesn’t seem very positive.
The CPC and CPV have already mapped out the inter-party cooperation plan (2016-20), which is set to step up the party building and their governing capacities through seminars and cooperation training.
China gives more importance to the One Belt and One Road initiative rather than the land reclamation in the South China Sea.
Once China has its second aircraft carrier, the PLA will be tasked to equip and program more advanced fleets while military personnel be demanded to perform more efficiently in military drills.
China should increase its input in national defense accordingly and promote its defense capabilities with the growth of its economic strength.
China and the US can cooperate in many areas in the Asia-Pacific region.
Its sky only belongs to birds while tens of thousands of landmines as well as tunnels allowing North Koreans to transfer military forces for surprise attacks against the South are lying hidden below the ground.
China does not want to become the second US in the region. But, Southeast Asia is one of China's closest neighbors, and its peace and stability is closely related to China's national interests. In building its future defense ties with Southeast Asia, China could play a more constructive role. It can offer more public goods for its security and defense cooperation with countries in the region. China can contribute to the establishment of security cooperation mechanisms around the South China Sea.
The China-ASEAN security cooperation is now at an early stage and awaits further improvement in mutual trust. But which should come first, trust or cooperation? This is like the chicken-or-egg question. But, one thing is certain: trust produces cooperation and cooperation promotes trust. Like what is said in constructivism philosophy, either enemy or friend is constructed through interaction. That’s to say, the mutual trust between China and ASEAN countries will grow as their cooperation deepens and intensifies.
The latest brawl not only showed that South Korean President Park Geun-hye has failed in establishing her diplomatic legacy with Japan, but also to some degree signified Abe’s failure in dealing with South Korea.
To some degree, stationing US troops in Okinawa has gone beyond the needs of US’ Far East strategy and Japan’s defense.
What is the purpose of the operation? Will the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy of the Obama administration continue in the Trump era? How should China react?
Russia’s involvement in CPEC is to serve its own interests in economy and geopolitics, which may complicate the regional affairs. But, if all parties stick to the market rules, China’s interests wouldn’t be harmed given that China has gained first-mover advantage, as well as capital and geographic advantages. As was said above, Russia’s participation is not a bad thing and there is no need to exaggerate neither its competition nor negativity. On the contrary, If Russia joins the project, it will be a stakeholder which shares economic risk, especially security risk, and has same or similar goals. It’s a good thing.
What is the current attitude of Japanese society toward Japan’s troubled history and what changes have taken place under Abe’s administration?