Foreign Policy

Chen Jimin uses President Obama’s West Point commencement speech to serve as the springboard for a discussion about the structural dilemmas the United States faces with regard to its foreign policy. According to Jimin, there exist four structural difficulties, and dedicates the bulk of his essay to fleshing them out.

Wang Hongyi asserts that there is an urgent need for China and the United States to coordinate on African affairs, and the trilateral cooperation has become a core issue of rapidly accelerating interactions with Africa.

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In light of President Obama’s address at West Point, Mel Gurtov discusses various aspect of the speech and analyzes its implications on U.S. foreign policy.

Two recent foreign policy actions by the United States set a dangerous tone for the Obama administration’s strategy in the Asia-Pacific and threaten the stability of Sino-U.S. relations, warns Stephen Harner.

Chen Yonglong warns that the United States’ obsession with Cold War power-play scenarios could lead to a dangerous backlash by Russia, China and other regional powers as Beijing and Moscow enter a new strategic partnership.

While praising the success of Shanghai’s CICA summit and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Asian Security Concept, Wu Sike criticizes the U.S. media and U.S. government officials, including the Department of Justice, for holding an undisguised bias against China.

In the wake of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, Ted Galen Carpenter assess the speech and subsequently delineates three measures that are critical to Shinzo Abe’s new policy declaration.

Given the outcome of the recent Indian election, Ma Jiali discusses the implications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership on Sino-Indian relations. Moreover, Jiali asserts that a logical step in Modi’s plan of reform is to strengthen ties with China. Jilai states that, due to China’s commitment to Sino-Indian relations in the past, a Sino-Indian partnership is indeed feasible.

The May 21 Sino-Russian gas deal has been long expected, but it took Chinese and Russian negotiators more than a decade to overcome their differences on the issue, which reflecting diverging price expectations. In the end, the parties stuck to their winning formula of China’s providing Russian firms with the money they need in advance to develop new energy supplies and transport them to China through guaranteed long-term contracts. The United States has minimal influence over both countries’ energy policies and will need to work with regional partners, including China, to encourage price competition, competition, and transparency.

Europe’s right-wing protest seeks independence domestically, distance from the US, rapprochement with Russia and new balance with China.

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For China and the US, besides economic cooperation, there should be cooperation on many issues, including issues such as disaster warning and relief, anti-piracy and environmental protection, writes Su Xiaohui.

Zhang Zhixin lays out three reasons why the Obama administration’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and attempts to contain China, especially through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, are a move in the wrong direction and will only hurt bilateral ties.

After last week’s announcement that Russia and China finally signed a 30-year natural gas pipeline agreement valued at $400 billion, Michal Meidan analyses the geopolitical implications of this deal and how it could affect global energy markets and the U.S. presence in Asia over the next few years.

As John Ciorciari and Jessica Chen Weiss explain, relations between China and Vietnam have plummeted to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War following a row over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

The 30-year, $400 billion gas contract, signed between Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom and China during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Shanghai to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and to participate in the CICA summit, signals a new partnership between the two nations.

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