The Western Pacific is experiencing a fundamental and potentially destabilizing military and economic power transition driven primarily by China’s economic and military rise and a corresponding relative decline in American power
The “turn to the East” has dramatically changed Russia’s strategy towards China and many underlying assumptions. It has also dramatically influenced the mainstream analysis of Chinese security intentions in Northeast Asia. The influence of this major shift in national policy, as well as policymakers’ and scholars’ perceptions of China, was felt throughout 2015.
As President Barack Obama enters his final months in office, experts are analyzing what his legacy in the Asia-Pacific will be and how impactful his "pivot to Asia" has been.
Chinese and Russians now better understand both the potential and the limitations of their relationship. They need to move ahead on concrete issues, making sure that what is agreed upon at the top actually gets implemented.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping must take advantage of their face-to-face meetings at the G20 summit to discuss serious security challenges that their countries face.
The furor over the Philippines v. China arbitration case constitutes a significant development that could influence the prospects for future rivalry or cooperation in the Western Pacific.
To strengthen their relationship, Beijing and Washington should prioritize developing strong economic relations and cooperate on national security issues, in addition to solving strategic mistrust.
India might think of itself as equal to China, but the realists point to the power shift that has begun to express itself in Beijing’s ties with New Delhi.
Russia clearly needs China much more than China needs Russia. China has a diversified economy, including multiple sources of hydrocarbons, and therefore Russia is definitely the dependent partner.
As President Obama’s term in office draws to a close, his legacy in the Asia-Pacific deserves reflection, particularly in light of tensions in the South China Sea and cross-strait relations.