As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang continues his first tour of four key African nations since rising to the post last year, Robert I. Rotberg analyzes China’s investment in the region and answers the pivotal question: Is Premier Li Keqiang’s visit about more than just oil deals between China and Africa?
The issue of cyber warfare and other cyber security incidents is becoming a serious problem for China, and is causing problems with its relations with foreign powers. In particular, China and the US have seen an increase in tensions due to cyber security issues initiated by US intelligence. The two powers should cooperate to avoid future cyber related conflicts.
Joseph Nye, a professor at Harvard University, remarked on Sino-US relations during an interview with Japan’s Kyodo News. According to Yu Sui, Professor Nye’s stance on the United State’s position on the Diaoyu Islands and China’s current diplomatic policies sparked controversy as Professor Nye’s viewpoint is viewed as ethnocentric and ignorant of China’s history.
President Obama wrapped up his four Asian nation trip last week, which was an effort to promote America’s “rebalance” to the region. Viewed by many in the region as unsuccessful, the trip did not put the fears of the allies at rest, and may actually prove to be inflammatory to the region if the US continues to contain a rising China.
In the future, Americans may not worry about the Yuan being undervalued, but will rather worry that a rapidly appreciated Yuan may erode the dollar’s supremacy and thus share the benefits enjoyed by the traditional international reserve currency, writes Ding Yifan.
In light of recent NSA leaks and increasing tensions between China and the US regarding cyberspace, the United States has taken a more direct approach in outlining or even disarming some of their cyber capabilities. Ultimately, US officials hope that these measures will assuage China’s fears, as well as entice them to reveal their capabilities to create a stable cyber-space.
President Barack Obama’s recent trip redefined the United States as “an Asia Pacific nation” that seeks to reassert its leadership in the region. The rhetoric as well as defense pacts with nations like the Philippines demonstrates the pivot towards the Asia Pacific and the revival of “Manifest Destiny” throughout the Asia-Pacific that seeks to not cooperate, but dominate the region.
President Barack Obama’s recent trip to meet with Asian allies was an attempt to reassure allies that they still have US support. In particular, President Obama’s rhetoric regarding the Diaoyu Islands has been seen as inflammatory for the region, however, his statements were simply lip service to Japan in exchange for economic concessions.
The inauguration of the National Security Council of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee is a logical response to the latest changes in domestic and international conditions, as well as national security and the international security environment, writes Chen Xiangyang.
Bi-lateral and multi-lateral Free Trade Agreements are becoming increasingly important in maximizing regional and international trade. Due to the immense size of China, South Korea and Japan’s economies, it is important that all three negotiate and develop a China-South Korea-Japan Free Trade Area. Increased trade between the three will lead to increases in the size of all of their economies.
According to the understanding brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel and Palestine should have an agreement by April 29th. But it seems the two sides were not able to bridge their differences on some key issues, writes Wu Sike.
The Code for Unplanned Encounters At Sea, or CUES, is an example of regional cooperation in Asia that can prevent unexpected encounters from escalating into more dangerous confrontations. Similar to previous agreements between foreign powers, CUES is incredibly important to ensuring that incidents between powers that have territorial claims do not escalate further.
President Obama’s trip to Asia is an important event in the administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia. While the pivot may be difficult, all sectors of American and Asian society will be integral in developing the bond that will make this rebalancing successful.
U.S. Secretary Hagel’s China visit and President Obama’s trip to Asia illustrate the almost impossible balancing act of American Foreign Policy in the region of assuring the United States’ Asian allies that America will stand by them in a future conflict with China, while simultaneously mollifying Chinese fears of U.S. containment and precluding a deepening of Sino-Russian ties.
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