As a critical part of a rapidly developing region that is a hub for global trade and business, it has become crucial for China to build more sustainable and positive relations with its neighbors amidst a multitude of challenges and tensions.
China’s National Petroleum Corporation and Russia’s OAO Gazprom signed a multi-billion dollar gas deal with far-reaching implications for geopolitics and global energy markets. Whether this represents a meaningful pivot eastward by Russia remains to be seen.
China’s growing regional presence and the increased U.S. involvement in the Asia-Pacific has underscored the importance for collaboration on traditional and nontraditional security issues.
The past two decades of Chinese growth have disproportionately benefited a small elite that has become increasingly entrenched; the next stage must focus on liberal reforms to build social capital more broadly.
Cooperation on energy and climate issues between the United States and China holds a lot of potential, as both countries are tackling the same challenges in this area.
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.
The BRICS group is important to China because it is the rising power’s first successful effort to build its own global network with powerful non-Western countries.
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.
China’s rise has generated enormous prosperity for the countries of Asia, as well as difficult questions about the region’s future stability and strategic order.
The idea that the United States at some point left Asia and only now is pivoting back to it under President Obama is inaccurate and unhelpful.