TPP or FTAAP: What It Means for US and the Asia-Pacific Region
Nov 25, 2014
China is the leading advocate for progress in the form of a “feasibility study” on an inclusive new regional trade agreement, the FTAAP. Concerned that this will detract from U.S. regional interests, the FTAAP ironically has provided impetus for the completion of the U.S.-led TPP proposal.
How to Build A New Model of Major Power Relations with Concrete Actions
Nov 25, 2014
Tao Wenzhou explains how the Xi-Obama Summit achieved four major bilateral goals: increased commitment to create a new bilateral trade agreement, shared reduction of CO2 emissions, more liberal visa regulations for people-to-people exchanges, and new mil-to-mil protocols.
APEC 2014: All Quiet on the Cyber Front?
Nov 19, 2014
Despite being one of the most pressing Sino-US issues, cybersecurity has received scarce attention during meetings between China and the United States at this year’s APEC Summit. Franz-Stefan Gady questions the effectiveness a U.S. “name and shame” strategy, amid efforts to expand ASEAN member states’ cyber defense capabilities.
            
Peace & Security
Positive Progress Made in Sino-US Military Ties
Nov 24, 2014
Zhang Junshe describes how the establishment of mutual trust mechanisms between China and the U.S.– through military leader exchanges and joint military exercises – can help both sides to know each other’s strategic intentions and reduce the possibilities of misunderstanding and misjudgment and thus lower the risks of military friction.
Political & Social Development
Public Trust in Government: The Role of the Internet in China
Nov 24, 2014
Polls indicate Chinese citizens have more trust in the central government than local government, a reverse of the United States, which largely distrusts the federal government. Han-Teng Liao argues that China’s Internet guiding and monitoring might be the beginning of a trust-building mechanism.
Foreign Policy
Crisis Management Needed between China and Japan
Nov 19, 2014
Zhou Bo posits that an essential component to improving frosty Japan-China relations is an equal commitment to develop shared maritime procedures, such as the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES). But first, the two sides need to agree upon a common Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
Foreign Policy
Far-Reaching Significance of Xi-Obama Meeting in Beijing
Nov 19, 2014
The shortest state visit in the history of the China-U.S. diplomatic relationship yielded important accomplishments in forming a new bilateral relationship, establishing complementary goals, and creating an impactful Joint Declaration on Climate Change.
Foreign Policy
What to Make of Deepening China-Russia Relations?
Nov 21, 2014
Yu Sui discusses China-Russia power relations built on “the five principles of peaceful coexistence,” which has yielded beneficial economic, security, and diplomatic cooperation between the two nations. Also discussed is the differentiation between Russia and China’s Central Asian ambitions through the respective Eurasian Alliance and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Foreign Policy
China-Japan-US Triangle on Display at APEC
Nov 17, 2014
Although Xi and Abe agreed to deemphasize their conflict over the East China Sea, past efforts in this direction have not proved successful for long. Last month’s release of the interim report on Japanese-U.S. progress in revising their defense guidelines has become the latest object of Chinese concern.
Energy & Environment
Will US Be Able to Deliver on Its Deal with China to Reduce Carbon Emissions?
Nov 17, 2014
Since China and the United States are the two biggest national emitters of carbon, the recently announced bilateral agreement is considered essential to concluding a new global accord, because unless Beijing and Washington can resolve their differences, few other countries will agree to mandatory cuts in emissions.
Political & Social Development
What the APEC Anti-Corruption Declaration Means for China
Nov 17, 2014
The anti-corruption declaration signed by APEC members at the just-concluded Beijing meeting was an important moment, and has been a focus of Wang Qishan, Xi Jinping’s anti-graft front-man. Part of his focus, and a continual challenge the party, is leadership, self-discipline, and the institutionalization of anti-corruption mechanisms.