The year ahead will be volatile for Asia. Can countries in the region continue to prosper and keep disputes in check while China vigorously reforms and North Korea provokes its neighbors?
China wants the benefits of a charm offensive with its neighbors, but it also wants to guard its far-flung territorial claims. It cannot do both.
Corrupt buyers and sellers in China have popularized the practice of haggling prices up rather than down. These shady transactions move the economy in the wrong direction and need to be uprooted.
China has a unique opportunity to play a leading role in convincing North Korea that it has little to lose and much to gain from giving up its chemical weapons arsenal.
Traditional Chinese values directly influence China’s foreign policy and create a novel approach to resolving conflicts and conducting international affairs.
China’s leaders cannot neglect foreign policy at the third plenum.
Beijing is emerging as the big winner in Central Asia, displacing Washington and Moscow while ensuring that engagement with countries in the region takes place on its terms.
China’s president and Japan’s prime minister may not meet at the G20 summit, but with tensions escalating in the East China Sea, they need to talk soon.
It is time for China to reconsider how it engages North Korea.
Washington and Beijing should take their bilateral cooperation on climate change to the next level by implementing projects to help cities reduce their carbon emissions.
Outward direct investment is a key component of China’s national strategy to support its rapid industrialization, bolster domestic industry, and deepen cooperation with other countries.
It is high time for China, the EU, and the United States to promote deeper and broader economic integration without constructing trade subagreements.
Regional stability is vital to sustaining the vibrancy of the Chinese and regional economies. It is in China’s interest to take steps to prevent further militarization of these disputes.
Western critics tend to exaggerate the size and threat of China’s military expenditure and to misunderstand the reasons for China’s increased spending.
Energy security in China can be improved by diversifying away from highly polluting coal and by freeing up the country’s energy import and export market.
Stabilizing the Korean Peninsula requires regional solidarity. Tougher sanctions or high-level dialogue with Pyongyang could erode that necessary cohesion.
As NATO prepares to pull out of Afghanistan in 2014, China has an opportunity to assert some leadership in helping steer Afghanistan in a more positive direction.
It no longer makes strategic sense for China to support North Korea.
China should embrace globalization and its own domestic market to become a truly global manufacturing power-house.
Xi Jinping’s first foreign trip as China’s president reflects the remarkable progress made in the Chinese-Russian relationship. But potential pitfalls remain.