In February 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to three Asian capitals: Islamabad, New Delhi, and Beijing. In each of the three capitals that he visited, the Crown Prince signed deals worth billions of dollars.
Some call it a new cold war which sees Russia, China and the US all vying for influence and control in the Arctic. The recent policy shift of the US is also driven by its concern on this increasing influence of Russia and China and the cooperation between the two.
The inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, released by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, made a very significant point: after the 2019 general election, India may change its attitude towards the Belt and Road Initiative, and may even consider joining it.
China and the EU differ on political and human rights issues, while trade and investment comprise the main components of the China-EU tie. Burdened by a decade of declining economic investment, the EU and its member-states have welcomed China’s investments.
Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, relations between the United States and China have witnessed extremes in friendliness and cordiality on the one hand and hostility and antagonisms on the other hand.
Bolton is an iconoclast and an extreme American nationalist. He believes that US sovereignty and freedom of action are wrongly constrained by international law, multilateral organizations and global treaties.
Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India marks a new line of engagement in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, which had fallen under the shadow of a Chinese stronghold under former President Abdulla Yameen.
As Hong Kong orients itself towards the future, it needs to reinvigorate its collective consciousness. Its people must find the courage to admit to a new reality in its relations with the People’s Republic and find the voice to weave a new strategy and story that make sense.
The MOU between the Philippines and China is an important step for bilateral efforts towards the direction of expanding cooperation to marine resources development. It will also impact dispute management and peace and security in the South China Sea.