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 peaceful coexistence between Chinese and local people will boost Mandalay’s development to a higher level.
These three legacies are actually interrelated in one way or another. Some consequential effects might come, in light of the ongoing and escalating internal crisis brought by the confidante scandal, if some serious and workable adjustments to these three legacies cannot be added to South Korea’s political agenda in the near future.
Quite a few developing countries like Thailand are now entangled in unrest because the relationships between the government and the military have been poorly handled. It is both an age-old headache and a new problem for Bangkok.
Therefore, whether the GSOMIA could tie South Korea to the chariot of the US and Japan still remains unclear.
Generally speaking, conflicts between the Myanmese government and ethnic armed groups will be a major obstacle for the advancement of China’s Belt and Road initiative, and the inclusive Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.
Putin’s forthcoming trip will have a profound impact on the two nations’ bilateral relationship and the situation in Northeast Asia, which deserves attention and further discussion.
Vietnam's parliament has further twisted the already contorted US "ring of steel" isolating China by shelving the ratification of the economic net of the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
For Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held in Lima, Peru, on November 20, must have been a very disappointing experience. His meeting with outgoing US President Barack Obama lasted about four minutes, and he also only had a very short conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
As a third party, China’s mediation is able to create favorable conditions for dialogue among parties concerned, but ultimately the only solution should still lie in peace talks and political consultations. This requires the NLD government, the military and ethnic armed groups to use more political wisdom and patience and find a solution satisfactory to all parties concerned.
The GSOMIA might result in an outbreak of public’s anger against Park’s administration. Some opposition parties are claiming that Park is selling out her country by approving the deal. If she falls from power because of the incident, the next president will likely come from one of opposition parties. At that time, the intelligence sharing agreement will possibly be abolished.
For now, it seems that the Trump presidency will struggle to formulate a Central Asia policy of its own any time soon. His principal concern will be to address domestic issues in keeping with what he said during the campaign and what his supporters expect of him. It means incidentally the New Silk Road strategy unveiled in 2011, is about to die a slow death as Central Asia adapts to new reality.
If this becomes reality, China and the Philippines can create a brand-new model for the region to peacefully address sovereignty disputes. Principles established in the process will facilitate China’s peaceful rise.
Perhaps China permitting Filipinos to fish near Huangyan Island is an attempt to explore such a new model.
Under the current circumstance, more efforts are needed to promote peace talks. China can take stronger measures of creative involvement to intensify coordination and mediation, and urge the military, the government and ethnic armed groups to go back to the negotiating table.
India, despite its absolute advantages in overall national strength, has paid heavy costs for the long-term confrontation with Pakistan as well. India is viewed as a South Asian country parallel to Pakistan, which drags it away from its grand ambitions to be a world power.
Abe may have proposed helping Trump “Make America Great Again” by seeking opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation during their meeting. This will not only help shaping a closer relationship with Trump and improve Japan’s status in the eyes of Trump, but also help maintain a solid alliance between the two countries.
We have promised to the international community that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are solely for self-defense, and are only used as deterrence against the US.
Every Asia-Pacific country is speculating on Trump’s new policies. The pendulum effect in US policies will see Obama’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific being rebalanced.
While it takes political courage to launch such a trailblazing and massive campaign; it actually takes far more wisdom to give it a happy ending. Given the fact that people have to pay an absurdly high price for the expected reform, if BJP fails to deliver its high-sounding rhetoric and promises, then Modi’s much-lauded “master stroke” or “big bang reform” will likely be reduced to “nasty partisan conspiracy” and even a “costly political joke.”