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Top Priority for Obama’s Asian Trip

Top Priority for Obama’s Asian Trip

Wu Zurong, researcher at China Foundation for International Studies

Wu Zurong urges President Obama to encourage Japan to refrain from its path of reviving militarism and instead to seek solutions through peaceful negotiations.

Obama’s Agenda in Asia

Mel Gurtov, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective

What’s on President Barack Obama’s agenda in Asia? As U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to the Asia-Pacific comes to a close, Mel Gurtov turns his attention to Obama-s four-country trip at the end of April and highlights its significance for US alliance politics in Asia.

Toward A Multipolar Pattern: Challenges In A Transitional Stage

Cui Liru, former President, CICIR

A major trend accompanying the multi-polarization of the international political economy is the eastward shift of the world’s economic and political gravity center, from the two sides of the Atlantic to the Asia-Pacific, writes Cui Liru.

The Toll of China’s Slowdown Depends on Latin America’s Policy Choices

Fernando Menéndez, an economist and principal of Cordoba Group International LLC

Many Latin American countries have experienced record levels of growth in the last decade due to high prices of commodities, however, few planned for the future. As China slows and US desire for petroleum lessens, the economies of many Latin American countries that have failed to diversify their economies away from a single commodity are slowing drastically.

Do Not Exaggerate the Ukraine Crisis’ Impact on the US Pivot to Asia

Chen Xiangyang, Deputy Director, Institute of World Political Studies, CICIR

The crisis in Ukraine is geopolitically important for the US; however, it will not derail the US “pivot” to Asia-Pacific. The US will continue to “pivot” towards Asia-Pacific through increased troop deployments, an increased role in conflict mediation, as well as through the promotion of stronger regional alliances in an attempt to contain a growing China.

Washington Slips Back Into Cold War Habits

Clifford Kiracofe, an educator and former senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The just concluded visit of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to China may send a signal that developing a new type of major power relationship is not a near-term possibility. The zero-sum Cold War mentality of Washington elites, together with present-day alliance structures, may prove an insurmountable barrier, writes Clifford A. Kiracofe.

China’s Currency Conundrum

Ronald McKinnon, Professor, Stanford University

In late February, the gradual appreciation of the renminbi was interrupted by a 1% depreciation. The resulting international outcry obscured a troubling feature of China’s exchange-rate policy: the tendency for sporadic renminbi appreciation (even small movements) to trigger speculative inflows of “hot” money.

Sino-US Cyber Controversy

Shao Yuqun and Lu Chuanying, researchers from SIIS

The United States, the world’s cyber power, and China, the emerging cyber power have convergent and divergent views on many cyber related issues that many times leads to conflict between the two. In the future, an increased level of communication will lead to mutual trust in handling many of these issues, and will aide in the effect rule making process.

Don’t Bet On A Chinese Financial Meltdown, At Least For Now

Yu Yongding, former president of the China Society of World Economics

Don’t Bet On A Chinese Financial Meltdown, At Least For Now

Analysts expecting a large crash of the Chinese economy will be disappointed, writes Yu Yongding, as China has, in fact, faced far worse financial difficulties. While the country’s current problems aren’t as severe as those it faced in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, problems do persist and the margin for error is rapidly reaching its economic limits.

Learn More About China, Mr. Hagel!

Yu Sui,Professor with the China Center for Contemporary World Studies

Yu Sui hopes that Chuck Hagel’s current trip in China can provide positive momentum for the formulation of the new-type major-country relationship between China and the United States.

Clarity in Core Interests, a Must for “A New Type of Great Power Relations”

Stephen Harner, a former US State Department official

Clarity in Core Interests, a Must for “A New Type of Great Power Relations”

Following issues in Crimea, the topic of “core national interests” continues to emerge as a critical point in geopolitics. As Stephen Harner explains, it is necessary for the United States to follow China’s lead and define its own core interests. By eliminating any uncertainty over national priorities, both nations can continue seeking “A New Type of Great Power Relations.”

China-US Collaboration in APEC

He Weiwen, co-director, China-US/EU Study Center, CAIT

Economic, trade and investment cooperation between China and the United States will make key contributions to an effective APEC and to the rest of the world, writes He Weiwen.

More to Expect from a New Type of China-US Military Relationship

Zhao Xiaozhuo, deputy director, Academy of Military Science, PLA

Against the background of building a new type of great power relationship, Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to China will push the China-US military relationship to a higher level, writes Zhao Xiaozhuo.

Can Hagel Promote a Constructive US Role in Asia?

Wu Zurong, researcher at China Foundation for International Studies

Secretary Hagel’s visit will help remove obstacles and overcome difficulties, facilitate exchanges and cooperation, and build a new type of Sino-US military relationship, writes Wu Zurong.

The War Against Pollution Involves Us All

Xiong Lei,guest professor of journalism at Renmin University of China

Government has an essential role to play in curbing pollution in China, however ordinary citizens can also play a role in reducing energy consumption, writes Xiong Lei.

China Slows, Africa Suffers

Robert Rotberg, Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict

Could China’s slowing growth rattle African economies and, in turn, impact American and European markets? As Robert Rotberg explains, African nations depend upon Chinese investment for continued growth and stability. However, with the United States and European Union still suffering from an economic downturn, China’s slowdown could have a domino effect that exerts further pressure on Africa.

Self-Decision Ability Key to Middle East Problems

Wu Sike, Chinese special envoy to the Middle East

Wu Sike describes his point of view on the crises in Libya, Palestine and Syria after attending international conferences. He advocates for increased attention and willingness by the international community to come to their aid to alleviate the humanitarian crises and to ensure that each state has the opportunity to grow with respect for their rights and sovereignty.

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