The current global system views multilateralism as the key to fostering new mutually beneficial relationships, improving current international relationships, and promoting peace.
China and India’s remarkable economic growth over the past two decades has been accompanied by a corresponding surge in energy consumption. Both countries are pursuing ambitious nuclear and hydrocarbon programs, with domestic, regional, and global implications.
Media has an increasingly significant impact on diplomatic activities: public opinion has become an important factor in shaping the Beijing’s policymaking and the media play an important role in guiding public opinion and exerting influence on foreign affairs.
In November 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama visited India, followed by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao the following month. These visits had a mixed impact on Chinese-Indian-U.S. relations.
Despite the initial euphoria attached to the opening of established diplomatic relations between China and India sixty years ago, the bilateral relationship between Beijing and New Delhi continues to face numerous challenges.
Relationships between China and the rest of East Asia have evolved over time, from the tribute systems of ancient East Asia through the tensions of the Cold War.
Today NATO faces threats of unconventional violence, such as terrorism or cyberattacks, more than threats of a conventional attack or traditional military attack.
In spite of China’s high growth rates, the country still faces a number of economic challenges, from trade tensions with the West to reducing income inequality domestically.
As China's global influence continues to grow, the country must work to strengthen its relations with its neighbors and balance its economy in a way that promotes domestic growth without increasing international tensions.
Ever since China severed defense exchanges with the United States in January 2010 to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the future of China-U.S. security relations has assumed heightened importance.