Asian investors present both a challenge to and an opportunity for local industries, and southeast African countries need a clear vision and tailored policies to make the most of the opportunities.
If Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays his cards well, he can mobilize China and Japan in accelerating India’s development.
Russia’s efforts to find an acceptable place for itself in the U.S.-led Western system have ended in a bitter disappointment. The changing trading patterns point to a new era in Moscow’s foreign relations, in which Sino-Russian relations will be taking center stage.
China still has to continue the use of fossil fuels for the immediate future, but even in the very best scenario, shale gas and unconventional oil could only serve as transitional energy sources.
The probability is growing that a relatively minor incident in the proximity of an unimportant, remote and barren islet in the East China or South China seas could plunge Asia, and perhaps even the world, into another confrontation.
It is time for new and creative ways to deal with Asia’s strategic uncertainties.
The world can be an awfully dangerous and unpredictable place.
The BRICS bank is both an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank, and a triumph for cooperation over the pursuit of narrow national interests.
New Delhi must make up its mind on Beijing’s invitation to jointly build the new silk roads in inner Asia and the Indo-Pacific littoral.
Successful collaboration on energy and climate matters may hold the key to unlocking the tight knot in wider U.S.-China diplomatic relations.
Given the high tensions between Japan and China lately, the timing of Abe’s trip to Latin America is undoubtedly meant in some sense as a symbolic response to Xi Jinping’s recent trip.
China will study U.S. strategy toward Russia and draw its own conclusions. Its interests are in keeping Russia as its stable strategic hinterland and a natural-resource base.
It remains to be seen how Beijing will reconcile the contradictory policy imperatives of deepening positive relations with neighboring countries while more firmly advancing China’s territorial and resource interests and claims.
Though a correction is coming to China’s property market, the consequences will be more manageable than common sense might suggest.
The Ukraine crisis is not only a test for the EU and Germany but also a significant opportunity for China to usher in a new relationship among large powers.
Though China is growing increasingly concerned about Venezuela’s economic, social, and political stability, it continues to provide finance and investment in an effort to strengthen relations.
The BRICS bank is good news for developing countries. If done right, it could change the landscape for multilateral development financing.
An important obstacle to the escalation of tensions in the Asia-Pacific region is the position of third-party countries, including Russia, which is interested in developing relations with China and also its neighbors.
Whether shadow banking really is a danger or merely evidence of a maturing financial system depends on its magnitude and risk profile.
From a Latin American perspective, the focus of the next decade of relations with China will be on how to create even deeper, but more balanced and sustainable, forms of trade, investment, and diplomatic ties.