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.
President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia has been a keystone of his administration, but questions linger over its impact on the region and the U.S.-China relationship.
The supposed golden age in relations between mainland China and Taiwan may not have been so golden, but the two sides have a chance to keep constructive ties under new Taiwanese leadership.
Disputes between China and U.S. allies over the South China can be settled diplomatically, but this will require a nuanced understanding of all parties’ concerns.
The Carnegie Global Dialogue series included four panel discussions that focused on China’s relationships with Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the Middle East respectively.
Chinese leaders have framed the Belt and Road initiative as a way for China to provide public goods to other countries, although a lack of transparency has led some to question China’s motives.
The historic visit between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou cemented the legacies of both leaders, but a DPP victory in Taiwan’s elections could introduce new challenges into cross-Strait relations.
The complex nuclear dimension of security interactions between China, India, and the United States warrant timely conversations about how stable, constructive ties can be maintained.
With its increasingly proactive diplomatic agenda, China has begun shaping its international environment through initiatives such as the Belt and Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
For China to become a superpower like the United States, Beijing needs a new strategy that fully embraces genuine alliances, and not just so-called “strategic partnerships.”