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.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is an important part of the US' military deployment in Asia, which involves an attempt to prevent and contain the rise of China. Only when we recognize the nature of the THAAD deployment can we work out the most effective way to cope with it.
It is normal when two sovereign states adopt different stances and policies for their divergences and disputes over the same issue, given their differing national interests and ideas.
The news that China will ban all coal imports from North Korea from February 19 till the end of this year has created waves. To some extent, this is a response to North Korea's most recent missile test.
A string of labor strikes has hit factories run by investors from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, South Korea and even locals over the past years. Disputes between owners and workers, especially in the garment sector, have almost become a routine across the country, particularly in Yangon.
Amid varying analysis of the upgraded China-India strategic dialogue held last week in Beijing, there are substantive achievements on bilateral issues as well as hope that the fences between the two neighboring countries will be mended sooner than later.
On Wednesday, China and India held a new round of strategic dialogue in Beijing.
The death of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia happened at a very sensitive time.
Northeast Asian politics is encountering turbulences. The new US president is yet to put his policy toward the region in place. China and Japan are still grappling with historical and territorial disputes. The relationship between China and South Korea is chilled over the deployment of Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system. The North Korean nuclear issue is mired in a deadlock. The once manageable geopolitical situation seems quite vulnerable in the face of external influences.
Lotte Group, one of South Korea's largest holding companies, has announced that it would trade the land that forms part of its golf course with the government to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a US anti-missile system.
The Chinese commerce ministry and General Administration of Customs announced Saturday that China would suspend coal import from North Korea on Sunday until the end of this year to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 2321.
The SCJ has just put forward an interim report after a discussion which lasted half a year and the final report will be released in April, which, however, is expected to be nominal only as not to wield any practical restraint on research staff. But it is hoped that Japanese scientists will not have the same regret as Albert Einstein who repented of having indirectly claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant by working out the famous equation E=mc² which laid the theoretical foundation for nuclear power development.
According to the US Navy, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson began patrols in the South China Sea amid tensions on Saturday. It arrived at Naval Base Guam on February 10 after leaving San Diego.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held a summit meeting on February 10 in Washington DC. Abe's tour took place when Trump's newly released immigration ban attracted widespread criticism. Tokyo was hoping that the visit, considered as Japan's timely support to the White House, can help build a close personal relationship between Abe and Trump.
In actuality, the US-Thai relationship is deeply rooted in the US strategy for the entire Asia-Pacific region. In another word, it is closely related to the strategic game between Washington and Beijing.
On Wednesday, Indonesia held its second simultaneous election since it gained independence in 1945. The election of Jakarta governor was a contest among three candidates - Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, incumbent Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is also known by his Chinese nickname Ahok, and Anies Baswedan.
The sudden death of Kim Jong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia on Monday has triggered widespread speculations on the motives behind his sudden death and its impact on North Korean politics. Observers are particularly concerned about how far Pyongyang's nuclear development will go.
US President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his tweets over an agreement to resettle refugees from offshore detention centers following a phone call in late January. Trump reportedly hung up on Turnbull just 25 minutes into the call and then took to Twitter to express his displeasure. He claimed the conversation was "the worst call by far" and called the deal brokered between his predecessor Barack Obama and Turnbull to resettle approximately 1,250 refugees from Australia's offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru a "dumb deal."
In Myanmar’s reconciliation process in the future, China should take into account Myanmar’s development needs and provide assistance accordingly. It can continue to play a mediating role among all stakeholders and draw a red line when necessary. As a major power, China should also shoulder more responsibilities and provide humanitarian aid.