- Richard Javad Heydarian , author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific"
May 23 , 2017During his second official visit to Beijing in less than a year, Duterte held formal talks with both Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as Premiere Li Keqiang, where the two neighbors reaffirmed their commitment to look beyond their difference in the South China Sea and, instead, focus on areas of common concern. In exchange for these diplomatic and strategic concessions, Duterte expects China to serve as a key partner for his country’s national development. China’s new Silk Road initiative, in particular, has caught the Philippines’ attention.
- He Yafei , former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
May 22 , 2017If there is anything about B&R that can contribute to the future of global governance and world order, it is the inherent opportunities of that proposal to further democratization of international relations and make globalization an equal process for sharing benefits for all nations and therefore more sustainable.
- Doug Bandow , Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
May 19 , 2017North does not threaten America geographically as two nations do not share a land border, but President Trump apparently is certain that Pyongyang’s weapons programs are Washington’s problem. This prospect has pushed the Trump administration into frenetic if not necessarily productive activity.
- Huang Jing , Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
May 19 , 2017China must reconsider its approach to the DPRK nuclear issue, reverse its passive strategic position, and not equate the seucity of North Korea with the security of the Kim regime. Beijing should openly state that it will neither allow a war in North Korea, nor merely look on while North Korea becomes Northeast Asia’s “Middle East”.
- Wang Fudong , Assistant Research Fellow, Korea Peninsula Research Institute, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
May 19 , 2017The Moon government, with its sensible domestic and foreign policy approaches, is set to foster momentum and real opportunities to take the heat out of the tension in the region. The rest of the world should support and embrace such positive dynamics.
- He Weiwen , Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for China and Globalization
May 18 , 2017The initial deals represent more intangible benefits than tangible ones, but high-tech, energy, steel and infrastructure financing all offer bankable opportunities for both countries beyond the 100-day action plan.
- Wu Zurong , Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
May 18 , 2017As economic globalization moves forward and the newly emerged economies become more integrated with the developed ones, the whole world is concentrating on economic development. The main trend of the times is for peace, and against war. The U.S. should give up the idea that a certain degree of controlled tension on the Korean peninsula consolidates its permanent deployment of troops there.
- Patrick Mendis , Associate-in-Research, Harvard University
May 18 , 2017During his historic visit to Sri Lanka in September 2014, President Xi Jinping described the island as a “splendid pearl” while the two countries signed over twenty bilateral agreements in Colombo. Symbolized by the Buddhist-inspired Lotus Tower on the waterfront of the picturesque Beira Lake in the commercial district, the globalizing BRI is reviving the ancient glory of “trade-for-peace” to bring about a more harmonious and prosperous “Pacific New World Order” for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
- Feng Zhongping , Vice president, China Institutes for Contemporary Int'l Relations
May 16 , 2017While the new French leader will focus an enormous amount of resources on domestic reform, he will also try to accomplish something big in foreign affairs. As a pro-EU president of France, Macron will make the restart of the Franco-German engine his primary task.
- Robert Manning , Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center of Atlantic Council
May 15 , 2017If there ever was a time when Asian nations could ignore transatlantic affairs or when Europe could proceed without considering Asian developments, those days are long gone.