Foreign Policy

China’s 2014 “host diplomacy” provides the best opportunity for China to demonstrate its achievements in economic growth and its recent defense build-up, writes Jin Canrong and Kong Xihui.

Sino-Japanese relations have been strained due to confrontations regarding the Diaoyu Islands and state visits to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders. In order to mitigate these tensions, it is imperative that the Chinese government adjusts its official policies in order to shift the international perception of Japan in their favor.

A new report demonstrates that future relations between China and the US need not suffer a power conflict. Instead, as Wang Wenfeng notes, their cooperation should serve as an example for the international community.

As international tensions increase over Russia’s actions in Crimea, China continues to keep a low profile. Ted Galen Carpenter explains that as China’s leaders exhibit nervous ambivalence over the developments, the United States should not misinterpret this as siding with Western powers.

Following the crisis in Ukraine, Russia-US relations will have to go through a readjustment, relaxation and gradual improvement, writes Yu Sui.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to China highlights the need to build-upon people-to-people exchanges to increase cross-cultural understanding between students in China and the United States. As Tom Watkins explains, two important initiatives are hoping to increase these types of exchanges through study abroad opportunities.

Crimea

Skillful Chinese diplomacy has managed to transform an initial damage limitation strategy into one that will likely bring benefits to Beijing. China has won praise from both sides of the conflict without suffering any major costs. Although Beijing will not apply sanctions to Moscow for its actions, China has expressed disapproval of the Crimean referendum through its silence—probably the best Washington can hope for.

With Michelle Obama’s six-day visit to China, China’s first lady is inviting special attention as the country actively courts international public opinion, writes Jay Wang.

Despite a rebalancing of the United States and China, Bangladesh’s ever-modernizing economy is anxious about the future.

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Following the annual meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, Robert Sutter analyses the current factors impeding Sino-U.S. relations and lays out suggestions for improving coordination and cooperation between the two major powers.

Xi Jinping

As China’s foreign policy continues to develop, Shi Yinhong compares China’s previous policy priorities under President Hu Jintao with those of the current leadership, under President Xi Jinping, to determine what lies ahead.

Although China’s response to the current crisis in Ukraine has been complex; China has increasing tilted toward Moscow. This decision has drawn praise from within China, but criticism from the international community.

As Senator Max Baucus prepares to transition to his new post as U.S. Ambassador to China, Dr. Zheng Wang provides three suggestions for the incoming ambassador based on the lessons drawn from his two predecessors, Jon Huntsman and Gary Locke.

As the tumultuous political situation in Ukraine continues to raise concerns amongst the international community, Zhao Mingwen lays out three reasons why the issue has gained prominence with Chinese citizens.

Could the current recovery of global financial markets be jeopardized by sanctions against Russia? As tensions between the West and Russia continue to heighten over the state of Crimea, Wu Zurong urges the United States to respect Russia’s concerns and embrace a policy of non-intervention.

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