At the Belt Road Forum in Beijing, Vladimir Putin once again reaffirmed his personal relations with Xi Jinping without getting into economic specifics. But still, the Russian President managed to get special attention. Russia needs to be satisfied with its political gains from the forum.
The Belt and Road Initiative is considered Xi Jinping’s most important initiative, reflecting distinct characteristics of his leadership, including his ambition and confidence.
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.
Without doubt, Asia’s economic ascent has been extraordinary, but Westernization—the spread of the West’s influence and values—has rested on much more than its wealth and the military power derived from it.
India is focused on making Bangladesh a centerpiece of its Act East policy.
U.S. and Chinese leaders need to build a closer cooperation to together face the mounting tensions in the Korean peninsula, including North Korea’s missile tests and the removal of Park Geun-hye.
A recent departure from past anti-China rhetoric and Trump’s renewed commitment to regional alliances suggest the potential for a constructive U.S.-China relationship moving forward.
Whether the growing size and global interdependence of China’s economy is translating into greater Chinese geopolitical influence is one of the most important questions of the twenty-first century.
The prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership look dim in the face of a Trump administration, which may open opportunities for China to take the lead in the Pacific region.
While China’s infrastructure and trade initiative, One Belt One Road, has garnered interest in several Asian countries, fewer European countries have signed on.