In September 2016, US President Barack Obama embarked on what is likely to be his last visit to Asia while in office. The objective of the trip was to vie with China to maintain America’s influence in Asia and the world that China has been fast encroaching on in recent years.
The first is the transformation from the national to the global economy. The second is the transformation from elite to mass democracy. The third is the shift in the focus of knowledge from the world to the local, and from the macro to the micro scale.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election was held on September 4, 2016, and there were many new and important political features and implications, suggesting that Hong Kong people would like to change the status-quo by having new political forces and young persons to monitor the government.
In cross-Strait relations, Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to implement a policy of “no provocation, zero surprises, and more communication.” However, by making some subtle yet significant changes, Tsai has planted a time bomb in cross-Strait relations.
Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
Hong Kong will hold its sixth Legislative Council Election on September 4. The behavior of some democrats, confrontations between the Executive Branch and the LegCo, the Umbrella Movement, violent mass demonstrations, and localism have contributed to increased divisions in Hong Kong politics.
While hostilities resulting from territorial disputes driven by nationalism and history continue to overshadow the relationship between Vietnam and China, a military conflict is unlikely to occur, unless decision-makers consider the resulting economic, military and political disasters to be bearable.
Donald Trump’s supporters see him as having “the guts to say what he wants,” and he is “saying what a lot of what America’s feeling right now.” Some who find themselves shocked by his politically incorrect speech still find themselves attracted to his message.
President Xi Jinping’s unyielding effort in the anti-corruption campaign has implicated 800,000 Chinese officials. How and when will he consider his mission to be accomplished? David Shambaugh and Zheng Yongnian had an in-depth exchange of views at a global forum on China in Singapore.