Attempts to secure strategic stability in the Asia-Pacific region are being put to the test by increasingly tense relations in the U.S.-China relationship and concerns from U.S. allies in the region.
China is putting itself forward as a strong advocate for interconnectivity and globalization as the United States' role in the existing world order is called into question.
As China's role in the world, so too does its place in both participating in and defining global governance. It has taken a more assertive role in this arena through its Belt and Road Initiative but some Western nations are wary of China's expanding influence.
Chinese companies investing in Europe are largely driving the Belt and Road Initiative, but cultural differences could impede their success.
President Trump has called the future of NATO and the transatlantic alliance into question. China, meanwhile, could benefit from a U.S. retreat as it continues to promote its Belt and Road Initiative.
The United States has historically had a strong focus on the Middle East. China is also looking to grow its economic engagement in the region, but the two nations have differing approaches to issues like the Iran nuclear deal and the civil war in Syria.
Nuclear weapons and missile defense systems have become a point of contention in U.S.-China relations. How will Beijing respond to the perceived growing threat of U.S. nuclear deterrent capabilities?
While the Trump administration’s nuclear and space policy remains uncertain, drastic readjustments may destabilize China-U.S. relations if China interprets it as a way to contain its rise.
In light of the recent rise of populism and the refugee crisis, the future of European integration will depend on the results of imminent elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
President Trump’s rhetoric on U.S. policy toward China and India present uncertainties for the future of the Indo-Pacific region.