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.
Central Asia is strategically important in the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt. The five countries in this area speak highly of and responded actively to the initiative, but their delicate relations may exert negative impact on the initiative. These nations have been mired in age-old rifts and, particularly, around water resources.
Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in China for his state visit last week, his first Beijing trip since assuming office. The two sides are expected to discuss border security and economic cooperation. With economic growth slowing down, Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has seen decreasing approval rate. In this context, Htin Kyaw's Beijing visit is expected to positively affect Myanmar's politics, economy and diplomacy.
As the scale of the US-South Korean joint military exercises continues to expand, North Korea responded strongly with irregular nuclear tests and missile launches. The international community, despite being anxious, has been accustomed to the cyclic tension on the Korean Peninsula. More people tend to believe that the US and South Korea are merely strengthening deterrence against the North and the possibility that a hot war will break out is small.
At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw kick started his first state visit to China on Thursday. This tour is of great significance to bilateral ties.
The Myitsone Dam in Myanmar has once again made headlines in Western media outlets, but in a more nuanced context than reports of the past.
China holds a persistent stance against the deployment of THAAD in South Korea. Since Seoul has little decision-making power on this issue and the legislative procedure to stop the deployment is complex, whether or not South Korea can be deterred from deploying THAAD is unclear. As the orchestrator of this military maneuver, the US will refuse to end it. So, preventing the deployment of THAAD is impossible unless there is a radical change in the region.
China and India seem to be at loggerheads on a number of bilateral, regional and international issues now. What are the fundamental differences between the two? As China rises and the Asian dynamics keeps changing, where is the Sino-India relationship headed in the future?
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China, which provides an opportunity to warm up the bilateral relationship. However, at this critical moment, Akama visited Taiwan and dampened the Sino-Japanese relations.
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.
Most of the projects in the ongoing development of One Belt and One Road initiative are large-scale infrastructure programs which are urgently needed in countries along the route. However, surging populism in the political sphere of these nations is casting a shadow over these projects.
Park’s destiny may make people sigh. But given the complexity behind the country’s democracy, it is still possible to see a similar tragedy take place.
US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Australia in April. Li stressed that China-Australia cooperation is not targeted at any third party. A stable Sino-US relationship suits the interests of regional countries including Australia. At a time when uncertainties are rising in the current international relations, Canberra should work on enhancing understanding between Beijing and Washington instead of acting rashly on issues such as the South China Sea disputes.
Although China and Australia have many differences, they can transcend national and institutional differences, and continue to maintain good interaction if both sides uphold the principles of mutual respect, equal treatment and mutual benefit, which can be aided by the development of the bilateral relations in these years.
However, given the huge volume in trade between the two countries – approximately over $300 billion – and their common interests in environmental protection, economy and so forth, it is still possible for Abe to change his mind on his aggressive China policy and restore the détente.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a week-long trip to Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday. In the current regional and international situation, the official visit to the two major Oceania countries is of immense significance.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up his four-day European trip on Wednesday after meeting with leaders from Germany, France and Italy, as well as the EU.
According to Japanese media, before his hearing in the Diet, Japan's legislature, on Thursday, the head of scandal-hit school Moritomo Gakuen, Yasunori Kogoike, claimed that he received a 1-million-yen ($8,800) donation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Belt and Road blueprint initiated by China aims to build up mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation. However, given a myriad of complicated issues involving politics, ethnic minorities and border division, to further advance the development of the strategy needs political and diplomatic effort apart from massive investment from Chinese companies.