ASEAN at 50: the view from Vietnam

11 Aug 2017|Le Hong Hiep/ The Strategist

At the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting last week, Vietnam attracted international media attention for its struggle to insert strong language on the South China Sea into the ministers’ joint communiqué. The episode highlights an enormous evolution in Vietnam’s perception of ASEAN as well as the importance that the country attaches to the regional grouping in its foreign policy. Continue reading “ASEAN at 50: the view from Vietnam”

China says willing to pay the price for new North Korea sanctions

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

by Nectar Gan / 7 August 2017/ SCMP

When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command.

The party’s Central Committee – its senior leadership – was stuffed with cadres handpicked by the previous leadership or the one before that, with many members occupying important jobs in the party and the government. Continue reading “What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play”

US, Japan, Australia tell PHL: Use court victory in sea dispute

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral / Aug 8, 2017 / bworldonline

China claims most parts of the strategic waterway, where trillion dollars’ worth of ship-borne goods pass through annually. It has also installed defense facilities on its man-made islands there. Continue reading “US, Japan, Australia tell PHL: Use court victory in sea dispute”

Why Korean Reunification is in China’s Strategic National Interest

by Jamie Metzl / 22 July 2017 / ChinaFile

North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile has highlighted once again both the extent to which Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and aggressive behavior is destabilizing the Asia Pacific region and the relative impotence of efforts to date designed to respond. Although North Korean nuclear weapons seem primarily designed to ensure regime survival, these weapons will, once fully deliverable, provide Pyongyang with the almost unlimited ability to blackmail its neighbors, primarily China. If China’s leaders do not want to fall victim to North Korean blackmail, they will need to ask themselves hard questions about the costs and benefits of Beijing’s longstanding relationship with Pyongyang and reposition China accordingly. Continue reading “Why Korean Reunification is in China’s Strategic National Interest”

Chinese finance high-speeds into unknown territory

by Qian Han/ 31 Jully 2017 / EAF

On 23 June 2017, a court in Shanghai charged the international trading company Eastern Dragon with market manipulation in the Chinese futures markets during the 2015 stock market crash. Eastern Dragon was slammed with a US$101 million fine and two of its traders were handed out suspended prison sentences. This sets an important precedent as the first time a Chinese court has ruled on foreign high frequency trading in China. Continue reading “Chinese finance high-speeds into unknown territory”

US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific

by Ankit Panda / 31 July 2017 / IISS Voices

Security trends in Asia in the first six months of 2017 appeared to emphasise that challenges first identified in 2016 would persist and intensify for regional states. However, one important new variable was introduced to the mix. The Trump administration has left Asian countries – US allies, partners and adversaries alike – unsure of what to expect. Indeed, a hallmark of the new president’s diplomatic style is embracing unpredictability. In the meantime, threats continue to intensify across the region. Continue reading “US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific”

International sinologists discuss Chinese culture in Beijing

By Li Hongrui | Chinaculture.org | Updated: 2017-07-24

The 2017 Symposium on China Studies was unveiled in Beijing on July 24. The event was organized by the Ministry of Culture of China and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Twenty-six sinologists from across 22 countries attended the forum, along with 19 domestic scholars and sinologists from the Visiting Program for Young Sinologists in Zhengzhou. Continue reading “International sinologists discuss Chinese culture in Beijing”