Bandung Spirit Spurs Asia and Africa in Joint Development
Apr 26, 2015
The Asian African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia opened on April 22nd carrying the “Bandung Spirit” of solidarity and common will to fight against colonialism, strive for national independence, safeguard world peace, and promote friendly relations among themselves – all of which challenge existing international relations norms and apply to the developing world today.
Philippines, China and AIIB: Opportunities amidst Challenges
Apr 24, 2015
The Philippines is seeing a year of impressive economic growth (at 6.3%) despite the lacking foreign direct investment due to woeful infrastructure constraints. The AIIB can be an additional source of funding for local infrastructure projects. Political disputes surrounding the China Sea disputes were not enough to trump the economic importance of this cooperation.
China Goes West and India Acts East
Apr 21, 2015
China’s growing involvement in Sri Lanka and South Asia, drew Prime Minister Narendha Modi to visit Sri Lanka, the first for an Indian PM in 27 years. India’s utmost concern is security with China’s so-called “string of pearls” strategy, which though coined by a U.S. defense contractor, suspects China of building naval bases in the Indian Ocean. To ease tension, the two countries must accommodate each other’s maritime interests.
Peace & Security
Thumbs up for the Iranian Nuclear Deal
Apr 22, 2015
The recent negotiations on Iranian nuclear development have given many around the world reason for optimism. He Wenping explains the negotiations with a special emphasis on the influence that the U.S. and China had on them and their respected roles moving forward.
Political & Social Development
China's Think Tanks Need to Reach Out and Connect
Apr 23, 2015
China has grown rapidly in influence and ability to act in the international arena. That means it faces bigger, tougher and ever more urgent challenges. Therefore, there is a growing need for more high quality think tanks which can offer solutions to these challenges by mining the wisdom in the broader society.
Culture & History
China Knowledge - The 21st Golden Mountain
Apr 23, 2015
Many programs for studying abroad in China have seen a significant drop in recent years, which is worrisome since the U.S-China relationship hinges on cultural exchange. Fortunately, new programs like the Schwarzman Scholars and 10,000 Strong Initiative are leading the push in building young leaders with a better understanding of China in the U.S.
Foreign Policy
How to Break the 'Mutually Assured Misperception' Between the U.S. and China
Apr 22, 2015
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has emerged as a key broker of perceptions between the U.S. and China. On behalf of the Belfer Center at Harvard, he has just completed a seminal report "U.S.-China 21: The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping.
Foreign Policy
Council on Foreign Relations’ Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China Threatens a New Cold War
Apr 22, 2015
The Obama administration’s “rebalance to Asia” policy launched in 2010 has turned toward militaristic power-based containment rather than engagement. The Council of Foreign Relations has suggested that the U.S. boost military budgets with its allies, and diminish trade with China, a dangerous and misguided strategy that resembles Cold War tactics.
Political & Social Development
China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap: A New Global Choke Point Report
Apr 20, 2015
While conversations about China’s environmental challenges are often dominated by coal, the culprit for the endless smoggy days in cities across the country, progress in cleaning the air cannot be achieved without greater attention to resource interdependencies from an integrated water-energy-food lens. Susuan Chan Shifflett outlines sustainable policy development that is particularly promising for Sino-U.S. collaboration.
Finance & Economy
What Do Chinese Small and Micro Enterprises Need Most Now?
Apr 15, 2015
To offset weaker export numbers and a reliance on foreign reserves, China needs a growth model that emphases quality goods and innovation-led growth. A twenty-first century economic model of innovation particularly requires the support of a highly efficient financial system, a sound legal system of intellectual property protection, fair tax incentives, and better entrepreneurial education.
Peace & Security
The Central Barrier for Reconciliation in the East Asia
Apr 16, 2015
70 years after the end of WWII, the ghost of historical conflict still haunts international relationships in East Asia. Historic consciousness, particularly regarding the sense of humiliation relating to the war experience, has been the crux of the nationalism experienced by these nations in East Asia, and used by elites as tools for political mobilization and other purposes. People must understand the importance the role of history education and social narrative play in international relations.