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.
I grew up playing by the SCS beaches of Sabah, often at the expense of a few hours of schooling every day. But, I learned more by observing the ephemeral nature of castles built on sand, which are invariably wash away by the gentle tides of the SCS. It is perhaps this mindset for the peaceful permanence of the sea that should carry us afloat in the years to come.
Many Chinese have barely enjoyed the benefits of industrialization and urbanization, before they have to make a choice between a blue sky and a job.
Under the circumstances, China should respond timely and forcefully like Zhao. More crucially, Chinese media must realize they have to make more efforts, apart from merely advertising the altruism of the One Belt and One Road initiative, in dispelling rumors. Practical and efficient measures need to be adopted. Besides highlighting the fact that peace and prosperity of Beijing’s neighboring countries is in favor for China’s security and development, more down-to-earth improvements and achievements in the projects should be discovered and spread, in order to win the heart of other nations’ governments and people and exert positive influence in their public opinions.
The “China threat” theory in Central Asia is reflected in different forms.
However, it is neither realistic nor possible for India to always regard Nepal as its backyard and put pressure on Sino-Nepalese cooperation.
As they planned to enhance their anti-submarine warfare operations, analysts believe that they would jeopardize the peace and stability in the East China Sea region so as to distract China’s attention from the South China Sea and disturb the political landscape in the Asia-Pacific.
The new US administration should see that China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific area as a relatively peaceful and stable region that expects no conflicts in the South China Sea. Washington should stand supportive of the situation where multilateral negotiations and relations are in a good shape.
China’s tremendous contribution to and massive sacrifice in the Asia-Pacific War is ignored by both Obama during his May visit to Hiroshima and Abe’s trip to Pearl Harbor, as his agenda suggests.
We should grasp this opportunity to strengthen cooperation with countries in the region, such as India, Afghanistan and Iran, defuse their suspicion through the joint efforts of diplomats, think tanks and scholars, encourage them to become stake-holders, and speed up the building of the CPEC.
In addition to Japan-US relations, Sino-Japanese relations will also be an important point for the Abe administration in 2017, as next year sees the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties.
Ulaanbaatar has no intention to challenge China’s core interests at the sacrifice of its own economic well-being.
The development of manufacturing needs lots of factors, and the fundamental one is people. A nation’s industrialization or deindustrialization is highly relevant to its culture and tradition.
Trump’s policy toward ASEAN will likely be that these countries should pay a higher price for the security the US could provide.
In spite of the displeasure of the US and of European countries, Abe has implemented a more active foreign policy toward Russia, trying to make up for Russia-Japan trust deficiencies and show Japanese soft power. This deserves China’s attention.
With the Tokyo-Washington military alliance, Okinawa is suppressed jointly by US troops, the central government and Japan’s legal system, and it is hard to change the status quo. Its failure in the base-relocation fight is regrettable.
Despite a lot of common interests between the US and Japan given their intimate alliance, being overconfident in converged interests while ignoring the “shrewd businessman” character rooted in Trump will likely plunge Tokyo into unexpected circumstances in its future relations with the US.
How can China contribute more to cooperation and development in the region? To stabilize the South China Sea, what should China and ASEAN do?
China and India, as two big brothers, should respect Nepal’s “balance policy” and support national development – it is unnecessary to force Nepal to take sides.