The year ahead will be volatile for Asia. Can countries in the region continue to prosper and keep disputes in check while China vigorously reforms and North Korea provokes its neighbors?
China’s decision to supply Pakistan with further power reactors has raised concerns that Beijing is breaching nuclear trade rules.
A steep but orderly reduction in GDP growth is likely to be the best evidence that Beijing is forcefully implementing reforms, and that China is preparing itself over the decade to regain growth on a healthier long-term basis.
In countries with financial repression, like China, monetary policy has a muted impact on consumers and a dramatic impact on producers, leading to unsustainable patterns of investment and consumption.
China wants the benefits of a charm offensive with its neighbors, but it also wants to guard its far-flung territorial claims. It cannot do both.
Public and elite attitudes in the United States and especially China are exerting a growing influence on the bilateral security relationship.
Corrupt buyers and sellers in China have popularized the practice of haggling prices up rather than down. These shady transactions move the economy in the wrong direction and need to be uprooted.
While NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan could have dangerous implications for the region, some measure of instability might benefit Russia, which could use it as evidence of the importance of Russia’s military and political presence in the Central Asia.
Both China and its neighbors need to proceed with restraint by focusing on solving pragmatic problems rather than diverting attention to intense territorial disputes
To cope with new geopolitical imperatives, India must learn to deal with Asia on its own terms and stop imposing its ideological preferences on the region.
Beijing needs to clarify how it will treat surveillance aircraft and other potentially “threatening” military planes that are transiting the air defense zone but not heading toward Chinese airspace.
China has a unique opportunity to play a leading role in convincing North Korea that it has little to lose and much to gain from giving up its chemical weapons arsenal.
Traditional Chinese values directly influence China’s foreign policy and create a novel approach to resolving conflicts and conducting international affairs.
As India receives the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, Delhi must seek a bold expansion of the strategic partnership with Hanoi.
The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee has made the decision to establish a State Security Committee to improve the national security system and national security strategies.
China’s leaders cannot neglect foreign policy at the third plenum.
Chinese and international delegations will aim to strike a balance at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference to help developing countries adapt to climate change without being hampered by the temporary economic crisis in developed countries
While Beijing has made some progress in combating air pollution, the problem lies in the country’s development model as China adjusts its emission control per unit of GDP growth.
China keeps sending seemingly contradictory signals, indicating that it is not ready for any meaningful compromise on the border but also that it wants a non-confrontational relationship with India.
China’s heavy pollution is mainly a result of the country’s reliance on coal and heavy industry.