Defining China’s Identity

Written by Chen Jimin. In recent years, the development of Sino-US relations has increasingly concerned the international community. It can be explained by the growing importance of Sino-US relations, which have gone beyond the scope of bilateral relations to have global impact, and the inherent complexity of the relationship. The competitiveness in their relations has …

China’s strategic confusion in the South China Sea

Written by Nie Wenjuan. Since Xi’s ascendancy many observers have noted a growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS). Among other developments, China has increased the size of some of the land features in the islands it controls and created completely new land features that had previously been submerged reefs. However, from China’s perspective, …

‘Responsible Stakeholder’ with Chinese Characteristics

Written by Beverley Loke. In September 2005, Robert Zoellick urged China to become a ‘responsible stakeholder’ in the international system. The basic premise of his speech was that China should be more heavily invested in strengthening and sustaining the system from which it has benefited. This involved global stewardship: providing public goods, upholding existing norms …

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire

Written by Scott Edwards. After years of rising anxiety, China’s push for dominance in the South China Sea is still rattling nerves among its neighbours, and in the world beyond. Beijing’s territorial claims and its military assertiveness have inflamed tensions with Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, all of whom lay claim to territory on …

Why China and the US have found common purpose on climate change

Written by Jackson Ewing. Over the past year, the United States and China forged a climate change partnership that would have been almost unthinkable not long ago. Not only have both countries committed to emissions reduction and sustainable energy goals of substantial ambition, they are pursuing those goals in concert. This bilateral climate cooperation has …

Competing visions for the Asia-Pacific could yet complement each other

Written by Mark Chou. By now, you’ve probably heard that the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP), which Australia is a party to, will proceed without China, the world’s leading trading nation. It’s a glaring omission, argue many analysts. Even with China’s slowing economy, concluding a trans-Pacific free trade agreement without it makes little economic sense. If …

US and Chinese tempers rise in the South China Sea

Written by Jiye Kim. US defense officials are open about the fact they sent a guided-missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea on October 27. In response, Chinese President Xi Jinping asserted “islands in the South China Sea have been China’s territory since ancient times” while US …

China goes ballistic: Beijing’s response to US-Australia talks

Written by Mark Beeson. China’s not happy. Normally that sort of phrase is pretty meaningless. Clearly not everyone in China has the same view on anything – with the possible exception of its territorial claims in the South China Sea. This is why China’s policymakers and commentariat are so peeved about the declarations emerging from …

Oh no, we forgot about China – the flaw at the centre of the TPP

Written by Peter Robertson. Like many trade policy initiatives, the newly finalised 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is motivated by a desire to help domestic exporters get better foreign market access. The key idea is one of mutual concessions – in exchange for foreign market access we give up some of our own subsidies or protection. …

Why US and Chinese cities will make or break any global climate deal

Written by Michael Shank. Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Urban officials last week attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific climate diplomacy. Organized by the White House, the US Department …