China seems to believe that it will over the next couple of decades have the economic and military capacity to preempt competition or opposition to its will and that this will itself lead to global order and on its terms. But such a world order is actually likely to be an unstable one based as it is on the principle of ‘might is right’.
China has shown following the PCA ruling that the way to come back from a diplomatic loss is more diplomacy – political, economic and military – not less. India has much to learn.
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
What are the implications of the Taiwanese president’s visit to the Spratlys for his country’s international space? What possibilities lie ahead for the incoming DPP administration?
The USS Lassens action will not prevent China from persisting with its ‘forward policy’ in the South China Sea.
Has Beijing reached a stage where it is willing to face crisis and/or conflict instead of preventing these in the first place?
China is trying to create a ‘moral code’ for its foreign policy activity but this code is also founded on a sense of national exceptionalism
There is a tripwire of caution built into the Sino-Vietnamese relationship, perhaps more so, on the Vietnamese side.