Our take on the year ahead.
U.S. foreign policy in a more difficult, intrusive world.
Although it did not pass, the Scottish referendum on independence will have repercussions for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and perhaps even further afield.
China’s economy is starting to offer consumers greater access to credit instead of the established practice of forcing them to pay for goods in advance.
The BRICS countries are establishing the New Development Bank to expand economic assistance to developing countries beyond that offered by the Bretton Woods institutions.
China has enjoyed decades of rapid growth, but remains a developing country where urban and rural citizens have vastly different economic opportunities and income levels.
China faces challenges in achieving the ambitious carbon emissions targets announced during APEC, yet the country’s progress on clean energy technology could also benefit other developing countries.
Without cooperation on oil, China’s transition to a sustainable energy future is hardly guaranteed.
Mexico City’s cancellation of a rail contract with Beijing underscores why Chinese government and commercial actors must demonstrate a sophisticated grasp of Mexican political and regulatory realities.
With the Chinese economy facing transition pressure, both China and Japan will benefit greatly from continued bilateral cooperation in the areas of economics, science and technology, and environment protection.
Given the questionable nature of their sources, foreign media allegations that China sold DF-21 missiles to Riyadh likely are not very reliable.
Fostering strategic trust between Beijing and Washington will continue to play a key role in further strengthening U.S.-Sino bilateral relations.
With fears mounting that Washington has lost focus on Asia, Obama’s summit-filled trip to the region is an opportunity to reconnect with leaders and chart a clear course.
China’s tougher stance toward North Korea may be driving Pyongyang’s current wave of outreach.
China and the United States see things differently when it comes to Caracas. But they should work together to lessen the climate impact of the oil they import from Venezuela.
The Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009 demonstrated that a full house of nation’s leaders could not deliver any ambitious targets without their strong and collective willingness to take painful but necessary actions at home.
To alleviate air pollution over the long term, Beijing must clearly communicate reasonable pollutant target-levels and empower local regulators to legally enforce them, even if it means lower GDP growth.
The rapid rise of the Islamic State means core assumptions driving policy on Syria must be rethought.
In spite of all the difficulties, it appears possible to engage China gradually in the nuclear arms limitation process. However, not only Beijing but also the United States and Russia must revise their military policies.
China has been adjusting its policies toward its neighbors, while continuing to strengthen economic cooperation to promote bilateral and multilateral relations.
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