(Jack Ma/SCMP) Jack Ma says with Chinese consumers already a driving force of global trade, America – once a bastion of free and open markets – will miss out on lucrative opportunities by adopting a protectionist stance. It is therefore ironic that the US administration is waging a trade war at a time when the largest potential consumer market in the world is open for business.
By Genalyn Kabiling / April 10, 2018 / Manila Bulletin
BOAO, China – The Philippines is trying to finalize a joint sea exploration agreement with China in the next couple of months, the Philippine ambassador to China said Monday.
Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said negotiations are ongoing to find a common legal framework to conduct joint mineral exploration in the South China Sea. Continue reading “PH, China working to finalize joint sea exploration agreement”
Vietnam’s Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Maritime Claims Against China
Ralph Jennings / April 6, 2018
Vietnam is quietly fostering a state-supported fishing boat militia to hold off China at sea even as the two sides talk formally about easing their sovereignty dispute, according to experts who follow the issue. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Maritime Claims Against China”
Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum
by Sarah Zheng / April 10, 2018 / SCMP
Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to further opening up China’s markets as he sought to portray the country as a leading defender of globalisation. Continue reading “Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum”
The Quad: A force to contain China?
by Renato C. de Castro/ April 3, 2018/ Stratbase ADR Institute
Prior to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila last year, Australia, Japan, India and the United States resurrected a loose security association called “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” or the Quad. Continue reading “The Quad: A force to contain China?”
Trade war is not a zero-sum game, but a lose-lose for the US and China
by Aidan Yao/ 28 March 2018/ South China Morning Post
With three rounds of tariffs in less than three months, US President Donald Trump has significantly upped his game on trade protectionism, casting doubts over the outlook for Sino-US economic relations. Continue reading “Trade war is not a zero-sum game, but a lose-lose for the US and China”
Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?
by Mark J. Valencia / April 2, 2018 / The Jakarta Post
On March 23, the US Navy destroyer Mustin made a non-innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificially built up and occupied Mischief Reef. China saw this as yet another “serious political and military provocation”. This latest Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) came amidst a downturn in US –China relations—particularly regarding the South China Sea (SCS). Continue reading “Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?”
Is it a risk for America that China holds over $1 trillion in U.S. debt?
by China Power
Many worry that China’s ownership of American debt affords the Chinese economic leverage over the United States. This apprehension, however, stems from a misunderstanding of sovereign debt and of how states derive power from their economic relations. The purchasing of sovereign debt by foreign countries is a normal transaction that helps maintain openness in the global economy. Consequently, China’s stake in America’s debt has more of a binding than dividing effect on bilateral relations between the two countries. Continue reading “Is it a risk for America that China holds over $1 trillion in U.S. debt?”
As Fears of Xi’s Personality Cult Deepen, China Must Dial Down the Propaganda
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