At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the Belt and Road summit will be held in May in Beijing. The summit, the first of its kind, has since attracted wide attention from the international community.
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.
As some Japanese media said, Duterte’s Japan-China equidistant diplomacy aims at accruing economic benefits. Therefore, Abe’s intentions cannot be easily fulfilled. Despite this, Japan will continue to woo the Philippines and work on bilateral ties so as to counter China over the South China Sea issue.
To what extent is Park involved in all that is also unknown, hence the possibility of Park being impeached is in need of more evaluation. But with a year left in Park’s term, she will only likely face a stormier situation.
As a result, although she was elected president of South Korea, she seems to have not got accustomed to the working style of democratic politics. Her administration appears to be characterized by dependence on individuals and stubbornness, which has enabled Choi’s intervention.
In 2019, nine of the 15 justices in the Supreme Court of Japan will retire as they age 70 or above, and Abe appoint new people. By then, Abe will have all the powers in his hands.
Recently, some dissonance has hit China, Japan and South Korea’s ties. Japan wants to woo the Philippines during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit last week while South Korea insisted on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited Japan last week and met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two sides held extensive consultations over topics that range from economic cooperation to the South China Sea disputes.
Hanoi and Havana have not yet commented on Russia’s plan. Whether Russia’s military involvement in Vietnam and Cuba will be effective and benefit its national interests is a significant strategic issue. It remains to be seen whether Russia is just fighting a psychological and diplomatic war or truly intends to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba.
China should bear in mind that the US went back to the Subic Bay with the implementation of a rebalancing to Asia policy. The South China Sea will be a flashpoint. If not handled well, the opportunity brought by Duterte will lapse or even be transformed into real danger due to miscalculation and misperception by both China and the US.
One of the world’s most challenging issues today is development. A platitude possibly, but it nevertheless embodies a number of political and diplomatic phenomena. They might seem quite strange looking in from the outside, but they are actually quite normal in nature.
The CPV stressed Vietnam’s global integration. During the fourth plenum, all in all the party has provided guidelines for the country’s future direction, pointed out the necessity to enhance party members’ political ideology and morality and kept vigilant of challenges in the country’s integration process.
All in all, despite conflicts between Manila and Washington, their alliance will not be destroyed. If a solution to the South China Sea issue cannot be found soon, it will be wise for China to manage its differences with the Philippines and avoid letting the issue be manipulated by anti-China forces in the Philippines.
A physician opposed to the reopening of a nuclear power plant has defeated by a wide margin a government-backed candidate to become governor of Japan's Niigata Prefecture recently. This result reflects the Niigata Prefecture people's discontent over the current policy of the Abe administration.
For all the current focus on the Middle East, and particularly on Syria, it is in the South China Sea that is the principal playground in the competition among the world's major powers for global influence. There, tension between China and the US continues to grow unabated, even though real crises in the relationship are still a long way off.
The Philippine's outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte shockingly announced his country's "separation" from the US during his recent visit to China. However, upon his return Friday, he soon struck a more conciliatory tone, stating that it's in the best interest of his country not to detach from its closest partner.
From October 16 to 18, on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi went to Goa to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation summit and paid an official visit to New Delhi. Suu Kyi's visit to India will effectively promote cooperation between India and Myanmar in political, economic and other fields.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will wrap up his four-day visit in China Friday. This is his first foreign trip outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after assuming office. It thus marks a thaw in the Sino-Philippine relationship. In fact, the bold moves by Duterte can be an inspiration for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, showing they all can find a better way of getting along with a rising China, rather than relying on Washington to confront Beijing.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US, exchanges of people from the two countries have increasingly deepened, forming the basis of the Sino-US relations. Even after a recent furious row between the two sides, caused by the South China Sea conflicts, this basis has not changed and continues to consolidate, forming an important foundation for us to judge the trajectory of Sino-US relations.
According to Indian media, some politicians and citizens in the country have recently launched campaigns to boycott Chinese products. They blame China for India's failure to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and for Beijing blocking India's UN bid on sanctioning a commander in Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based military group. Beijing and New Delhi are currently negotiating about these two issues and it is believed that mutual understanding will be reached eventually.