The 19th Party Congress’ clear line against importing Western-style democracy to China is is a sign of an ever-growing sense of rivalry with the West led by the United States
Even without the US, China’s increasing regional and global interests would make an ‘Indo-Pacific’ framework inevitable to understand and deal with political and security challenges in Asia and the world
China walks a fine line balancing its assertiveness in the South China Sea with promoting economic cooperation through its ‘new Silk Roads’ initiative
Even the common ‘threat’ of China has not really helped lay the foundation for a deeper and sustainable India-Japan partnership in the politico-strategic realm.
In an inter-dependent world, one country’s tragedy is just as much a tragedy for the world at large and an opportunity to come together to cooperate and move beyond the past. Yet, in the Asian context at least, competitive politics both between countries and within polities appear never to be far from the surface.