Projecting a cohesive foreign policy is a key challenge facing the European Union, and its dealings with China are no exception.
Disputes between China and U.S. allies over the South China can be settled diplomatically, but this will require a nuanced understanding of all parties’ concerns.
2015 has seen a sizable increase in China’s investment in the European Union, as well as increasingly strong commercial and economic ties.
Chinese leaders have framed the Belt and Road initiative as a way for China to provide public goods to other countries, although a lack of transparency has led some to question China’s motives.
The historic visit between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou cemented the legacies of both leaders, but a DPP victory in Taiwan’s elections could introduce new challenges into cross-Strait relations.
China’s efforts to strengthen its second-strike deterrence and India’s greater access to nuclear technology must be managed carefully to maintain a stable security environment.
China’s national cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and other recently announced initiatives are creating positive momentum ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris.
The U.S.-China relationship has long been a mix of cooperation and competition. The core challenge for policymakers is to balance these two elements by encouraging the first and managing the second.
China’s leaders remain committed to strengthening the country’s capital market so as to internationalize the renminbi and enhance Chinese influence on the international financial system.
While the recent stock market crash seems unlikely to prompt wider economic fallout, it has undermined the confidence and credibility of Chinese leaders.