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.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia in April 2014 underscored the importance of the U.S.-China relationship one year after the landmark U.S.-China Summit at the Sunnylands estate.
Contradictions in Chinese and U.S. policies and actions in the Asia-Pacific lead to growing mistrust and misunderstanding in a vital region of the world.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursing a more active approach to solving global and regional issues, with “Chinese characteristics.”
While the United States cannot and should not necessarily defer to all of China's core interests, it must recognize that China’s desire to have greater control over its immediate environment in the Western Pacific is a fundamental underlying issue in the bilateral relationship.
The United States and Japan must strike a delicate balance between improving their ability to anticipate and respond to crises and being perceived as attempting to contain China or remilitarize northeast Asia.
China and the United States share common goals on nuclear security and should not let other tensions in the bilateral relationship disrupt their multilateral cooperation on this important issue.
China and the United States share an interest in addressing North Korean nuclear proliferation. A failure of Beijing’s or Washington’s North Korea policy should be viewed as a collective failure.