- Zhang Monan , Researcher, China Int'l Economic Exchanges Center
May 12 , 2017Despite proposals to issue super-long government bonds and other ideas for controlling debt and the federal deficit, Congress and the president must bridge a lot of uncertainties to change the system dramatically.
- Dan Steinbock , Founder, Difference Group
May 05 , 2017Recently, President Trump released a U.S. tax cut plan to re-shore U.S. corporate revenues. Some expect it to cause great challenges to manufacturing and capital outflows from China. The realities are more complex.
- Joan Johnson-Freese , Professor, US Naval War College
May 02 , 2017If the past is any predictor of the future, then whatever capabilities the U.S. develops, other countries will as well. This has reinvigorated the current security dilemma that has long plagued space strategy based on technology defending technology, particularly in the case of the U.S. and China. It is in every country’s interest to pursue ways to enhance communication and clarify expectations of responsible actors in space with as much vigor as they do contingency warfighting plans and the development of new warfighting technologies. That, unfortunately, has not been the case, even though the last two years have seen more progress in diplomatic space efforts through the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space than any other time prior.
- Sun Chenghao , Assistant Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
May 02 , 2017In his first 100 days in office, Trump created more problems than achievements. The challenges and stakes ahead are abundant: Trump needs a breakthrough on his major reforms as soon as possible to gain some traction and rekindle confidence in his supporters and his party.
- Richard Javad Heydarian , author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific"
Apr 11 , 2017As the supposed engine of regional integration, and bedrock of East Asian security architecture, the ASEAN has sought, with limited success, to mediate maritime disputes and avoid conflict in the region. But beyond concerns over the gradual loss of so-called ‘ASEAN centrality,’ Southeast Asian countries are also worried about sudden and destructive escalation in Sino-American tensions in the area, especially if the Trump administration makes a step too far in order to project toughness.
- Sampson Oppedisano , Executive Assistant to the Dean, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
Apr 05 , 2017"I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job. My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.” These are the words of Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, the nation’s highest ranking diplomat. Tillerson’s candid comments come in light of his first trip to Asia where he met with leaders in Japan, South Korea and China.
- Yu Xiang , Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Apr 27 , 2017Trump’s election campaign promises and and the executive orders the new president signed after he came into the White House reveal a narrow-minded, conservative and selfish United States. It’s a startling reversal of the country’s outlook for six decades, and completely outdated.
- Wu Zhenglong , Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Apr 27 , 2017The US policy of “maximum pressure” without seeking regime change gives both sides more room to negotiate, but China’s “dual-track approach” still offers more hope for a win-win resolution.
- James Curran , Professor & Historian, Sydney University
Apr 27 , 2017The tendency to retreat into the comfort that the past provides will only be reinforced when the President and the Prime Minister meet on May 4 aboard a U.S. warship docked in New York Harbour to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. On the one hand, the symbolism is powerful: two close, longstanding allies marking a pivotal moment in which the threat of Japanese imperialism was turned back. On the other, it projects a view of the relationship that is literally moored to memory, failing to engage in the more difficult conversations about what the American posture in Asia will look like in the years ahead, and what that means for Australia.