Our take on the year ahead.
Opposing views on issues like ballistic missile defense and tactical nuclear weapons complicate, but should not preclude, trilateral security cooperation between Washington, Beijing, and Moscow.
President Obama’s trip to China produced important bilateral visa, military, and climate agreements, yet much work remains to implement this ambitious agenda.
The BRICS countries are establishing the New Development Bank to expand economic assistance to developing countries beyond that offered by the Bretton Woods institutions.
China has enjoyed decades of rapid growth, but remains a developing country where urban and rural citizens have vastly different economic opportunities and income levels.
China faces challenges in achieving the ambitious carbon emissions targets announced during APEC, yet the country’s progress on clean energy technology could also benefit other developing countries.
As interactions between China and African countries grow, observers see potential for the cooperative relationship to revitalize Africa and promote much-needed economic development.
The United States is recalibrating its public diplomacy efforts to promote U.S. values abroad in response to a lukewarm international reception.
With the Chinese economy facing transition pressure, both China and Japan will benefit greatly from continued bilateral cooperation in the areas of economics, science and technology, and environment protection.
Fostering strategic trust between Beijing and Washington will continue to play a key role in further strengthening U.S.-Sino bilateral relations.