President Obama’s trip to China produced important bilateral visa, military, and climate agreements, yet much work remains to implement this ambitious agenda.
Beijing is committed to advocating for reduced tensions and peaceful solutions to regional challenges in the Middle East, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iran nuclear talks.
Despite its regional commercial interests, Beijing will not join military efforts against the Islamic State in the Middle East because of the country’s longstanding principle of non-interference.
Following India’s leadership transition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China has sought to grow its diplomatic, economic, and trade ties with the neighboring Asian power.
Managing post–fuel cycle nuclear materials poses risks and requires detailed planning, yet experts maintain that the benefits of lower energy prices outweigh these concerns.
Chinese leaders have ambitious plans for developing the country’s nuclear energy program, but can they reach their goals while also keeping the program safe, secure, and sustainable?
Chinese officials would like developed countries to extend greater support to developing nations for their efforts to combat climate change. With more support, China would be willing to agree to more ambitious commitments.
Chinese officials view the Shanghai Free Trade Zone as a means to create a pro-reform environment domestically and create the conditions for the conclusion of a U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty and even an eventual accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
While the two major Asia-Pacific trade initiatives, the TPP and RCEP, differ in their levels of ambition, they share common aims and hold the potential to bring important positive economic and geopolitical benefits to the region.
Pakistan has the potential to serve as transit hub from energy-rich Central Asian states to China, and even India, but only if its leaders can overcome deep-rooted political barriers.