Asia Pacific economic cooperation is an essential part of today’s globalization process, however the process is at a crossroads with both TPP and RCEP under negotiation, write Tang Guoqiang and Wang Zhenyu.
Tom Watkins explores the incredible growth of China’s rail system and argues that America would be right to build reliable rail system of its own.
Following the second round of talks in Geneva, Wu Sike explains the urgent need for the international community to find a peaceful resolution to Syria’s three-year long crisis.
Recent fluctuations in the Chinese yuan have given way to far-flung fears that the Chinese economy is faltering. However, Michael Justin Lee explains that the yuan’s fall against the U.S. Dollar was engineered by the People’s Bank of China and was necessary to reduce hot money the Chinese economy slows.
Hugh Stephens discusses the rationale behind Canada’s recent decision to eliminate its immigrant investor and entrepreneur program, and the impact that it might have on similar US programs. The Canadian government review concluded that the investor immigrant program did not provide a good ROI for Canada. This decision, along with tighter citizenship qualification policies, will likely dampen enthusiasm for future Chinese investor immigration to Canada although other channels remain open. The termination of the Canadian program will cause increased interest in the US EB-5 visa program although absolute numbers of visas granted is unlikely to increase significantly.
Stephen Roach states that China’s slowing GDP growth is a natural result of a rebalancing of the Chinese economy. However, China’s recent economic growth has lead to an unbalanced codependency of China and the US. Thus, Roach believes that the US should adopt a new growth strategy, based on saving and investing in people, infrastructure, and capacity.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the political support of right wing conservative forces, is seeking to amend Article 9 of the Constitution, which stipulates that Japan is no longer able to maintain a standing army, navy and air force, and forfeits all rights to belligerency.
In Beijing, many observers regard the TPP as the economic counterpart of U.S. rebalancing in Asia to contain China’s rise. On the other hand, if Beijing would participate in the talks, it could conceivable influence both the process and the future shape of the proposed trade pact.
As Secretary of State John Kerry continues his visits to South Korea, China, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, Qiu Chaobing analyzes the current issues at the forefront of the United States’ foreign policy agenda and provides insight into what developments can be expected as Kerry’s trip comes to an end.
China trusts the United States to act rationally in Asia, but not so with Japan; its aggressive behavior is the real danger to China, writes Franz-Stefan Gady.
Shao analyzes the US’ “New Silk Road Initiative” and China’s “Silk Road Economic Belt,”and concludes that though having differences, they go in the same direction: acceleration of regional economic cooperation.
The building of a “new-type of major-country relationship” between China and the United States will be more difficult in deeds than in rhetoric, writes Chen Xiangyang.
Curtis S. Chin notes that this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, which is set to be held in Beijing this fall, has great potential to bring together U.S. and Chinese officials to shape an agenda for continued economic growth.
Following the Community of Latin American and Carribean States (CELAC) summit held in Havana, Cuba at the end of January, Fernando Menéndez analyzes two potential paths for Latin America’s development and explores China’s future role in the region.
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