For many years, China has mostly relied on land-based nuclear weapons as its strategic deterrent. But now its fleet of nuclear-armed submarines is getting larger and more advanced. This long-term trend has far-reaching implications.
Whatever the outcome, the June 12 Trump-Kim summit will have major implications for the region’s security landscape.
The upcoming 19th Party Congress and top political appointments will determine what course China will take in the future under President Xi Jinping’s leadership.
The Belt and Road Initiative is considered Xi Jinping’s most important initiative, reflecting distinct characteristics of his leadership, including his ambition and confidence.
At the upcoming summit, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama will likely continue to emphasize areas of common interest and responsibly manage areas of disagreement.
China established the National Security Commission to help top leaders coordinate the country’s national security policy in a world of increasingly complex security challenges.
In the past year, Beijing has become more diplomatically engaged with Afghanistan, raising the potential for China to play a helpful role in Afghanistan’s future economic and security prospects.
The BRICS countries are establishing the New Development Bank to expand economic assistance to developing countries beyond that offered by the Bretton Woods institutions.
With fears mounting that Washington has lost focus on Asia, Obama’s summit-filled trip to the region is an opportunity to reconnect with leaders and chart a clear course.
The world can be an awfully dangerous and unpredictable place.
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, is taking place from June 26 to August 1, 2014. Twenty-three countries are participating, including the United States, Japan, Australia, and, for the first time, China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed this year to increase China’s soft power and cultural diplomacy and to promote a favorable image of the country abroad.
Heightened tensions in the Asia-Pacific, coupled with China’s adjustment of its regional security policy, has meant that the results of the U.S. rebalance to Asia are not as good now as they were two years ago.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.
China’s energy sector had a potentially watershed year in 2013. Reforms that could have a profound impact on China’s environment and energy policy were floated.
Ideally, the parties will be able to return to the Six-Party Talks framework one day with all countries genuinely working toward the central goal of North Korea’s denuclearization. But the prospect of that happening anytime soon looks increasingly remote.
China has begun to play a more active, innovative role in international affairs and has adopted a new global perspective.
As sectarian strife embroils the Middle East in conflict and the United States gradually withdraws from the area, it is time for China to start pulling its weight on issues of regional stability.
Upcoming strategic talks offer an opportunity to cultivate personal ties and shape the future of U.S.-India relations.
Genuine personal diplomacy can lay the groundwork for the new type of great-power relationship that Xi wants, but success depends on Obama and Xi moving beyond scripted talking points.