Foreign Policy

RIMPAC 2014

Using the sci-fi film, Pacific Rim, as a backdrop, Zhao Weibin compares cooperation between the United States and China to that of the connection shared between the pilots of the machines designed to fight Kaijus. Weibin argues that there are many issues that China and the U.S. can work to solve mutually through RIMPAC 2014.

The U.S. indictment of five PLA officers is a fabricated story with no credible evidence to support these accusations. The reality is that the U.S. conducts cyber surveillance programs all the time around the world and yet it continues to demonize China. The indictments should be rescinded in order to build political trust in the Sino-U.S. relationship.

international law

China supports international norms and abides by international law; however, it is also justified in advancing legitimate sovereign interests. As in the case of the US during the Cold War, when armed forces were deployed on Taiwan or when the US instituted an ADIZ, it is appropriate for China to promote international law unless sovereign interests are at stake.

China is becoming more engaged in the Middle East, but there are limits to the depth of this engagement. While trade links have deepened and investments have increased, energy resources remain the centrepiece of Chinese involvement and any official stance on the plethora of complex political issues are strongly eschewed.

This year’s “Joint Sea-2014” maritime exercise between China and Russia was noticeable in several respects. First, the drill coincided with a state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China. Second, it came at a time when other signs of deepening Sino-Russian cooperation were evident. Third, China tried to use the drills to legitimize its Air Defense Identification Zone. Finally, it failed to evoke much of a reaction from Washington.

After a brief historical characterization of the relationship between China and North Korea, Doug Bandow assesses the effect of the ouster of Jang Song-taek on the oftentimes-strained relationship between China and North Korea.

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.

Obama

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.

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