As long as the United States and China both see the need to maintain cordial and positive relations, descent into direct confrontation between the two remains unlikely.
China and Japan both stand to lose if territorial disputes disrupt normal economic relations. Changing roles in the regional production sharing network, energy needs, and political rhetoric are all complicating the picture.
Countries involved in South China Sea disputes should refrain from nationalist rhetoric and focus on diplomatic negotiations that promote shared interests.
The current tension between Japan and China is as much about national pride as it is about potential natural resources.
The U.S.-China Security Perceptions Project has released its first report on U.S. public and elite attitudes. Future project reports will also include data from surveys of Chinese public and elites, and will assess the policy implications of these survey results.
South Korea’s president wants to develop longer-range missiles to protect his country against the North Korean threat. But he may end up fueling more regional instability.
Chinese leadership gives no sign of accepting any type of foreign military intervention in Syria, calling into question the significance of China’s apparent earlier move toward accepting some infringements on national sovereignty by outside forces.
India and Pakistan are entangled in a long-standing security competition, but they are chasing vastly different goals—and certainly aren't locked in an arms race.
Modern Russia has exploited its Asia-Pacific advantages rather poorly, if at all. The country must find a pathway to a dynamic future and make a pivot from West to East—where the greatest geopolitical challenge is rising.
U.S. radar sites proposed for East Asia—and ostensibly directed at North Korea—underscore the need for a constructive China-U.S. dialogue on conventional military issues.
The APEC agenda focuses on trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation—all things that are top priorities for Russia, if it seeks to develop its Asia-Pacific territory and increase its presence in the region.
Declining fisheries and a race for energy resources are fueling the flames of Asia’s maritime disputes. Outsiders can help with concrete diplomatic initiatives.
Disputes over the South China Sea and China's upcoming leadership transitions should not affect the continuity of U.S.-China relations.
European Union nations are increasingly making their own bilateral deals with China, damaging the unifying efforts of the E.U. trade commissioner.
Germany and China are emphasizing bilateral ties, especially during the euro crisis. But their ever-expanding trade relationship could have a downside.
Redefining relations with China will require economic coordination with Europe, as France opens to Chinese investment while demanding more regulation and transparency from Beijing.
Five issues are of critical importance for maintaining the dynamics of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the near to medium future.
It is important that Washington and Moscow take steps toward compromising on ballistic missile defense cooperation now as a foundation for effective engagement with Beijing in the future.
As tensions in the South China Sea increase, diplomats must try to lower temperatures and get all sides to implement confidence-building measures to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Europe can pursue a more interests-based and assertive engagement with both China and India that finds the right mix of realism and self-confidence to make the most of its comparative advantages.