Asia Times | China locked in a power game with the US

Successive Washington administrations have, since World War II, worked on the assumption that the Chinese Communist Party, deep in its soul, wants to make China like the United States. From Harry Truman to Donald Trump, US presidents have seen their mission in Asia to change China. That has meant avoiding confrontation, offering all kinds of inducements, and aiding the CCP’s economic development agenda in the belief that these would make Beijing a strategic partner rather than a strategic competitor. These policies were always based on a misreading of the CCP’s…

It’s time for Ottawa to rethink how it sees Asia

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (centre) attends a gala dinner with other leaders during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on Nov. 17, 2018. SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images J. Berkshire Miller is the director of the Council on International Policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, the Asian Forum Japan (AFJ) and a distinguished fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. For decades, Canada has been engaged with the continent of Asia and the countries therein through the policy framework of…

Asia Times | Has Duterte’s China pivot backfired?

During a trip to China in October 2016, which was depicted by some of his countrymen as a tributary mission by a Philippine sultan to a Chinese emperor rather than a state visit by a sovereign leader, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered the “Middle Kingdom” two precious “gifts.” The first was his solemn announcement at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing that he would “separate” from America, his country’s only formal military ally, and to align himself with China’s “ideological flow,” on which he “will be dependent … for  a long…

Asia Times | Mahathir sets tone for renegotiating with China

Malaysia has announced it will move ahead with the suspended East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a multibillion-dollar China-backed infrastructure project designed to connect strategic ports on the peninsula’s east and west coasts. A new deal reached with the mega-project’s main Chinese state-owned contractor will cut previously agreed construction costs of nearly US$16 billion by nearly one-third, according to reports. The renegotiated contract represents a potential boon for the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, which suspended the project last July to make good on Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign vow to review China-linked…

1,000 Filipinos protest against China ‘invasion’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday to oppose the Asian superpower’s growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea. Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted “China out” and brandished a banner saying “Defend our sovereign rights”, referring to Beijing’s expansive claims to the resource-rich waterway. “The government headed by President (Rodrigo) Duterte is not responding. What China is doing is almost an invasion,” marcher Alex Legaspi, a 53-year-old teacher, said. While Mr Duterte has largely set aside…

Will China Undermine Its Own Influence in Southeast Asia Through the Belt and Road?

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s grand plan to revive ancient trading routes over both land and sea. Since its inception in late 2013, how China has influenced Southeast Asia through the BRI has become central to the debate on China’s keynote global outreach strategy. For Southeast Asia, the BRI is not a brand-new policy initiative. China and ASEAN states have enjoyed extensive economic cooperation in past decades and had previously worked together on many large-scale projects. Almost all regional states appear to be generally supportive of the…

More disputes likely over South China Sea issues: Peking University think tank, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – China will likely face more disputes when pushing for progress in negotiations and cooperation regarding the South China Sea, according to a new situation report released on Tuesday (April 9). The report suggests that China should enhance maritime strategic dialogue with the United States, closely monitor subtle moves by some Asean countries, and persuade extra-regional powers such as Japan, Australia and Britain to help ease tensions in the region. The South China Sea Situation Report was published by the South China Sea Strategic Situation…

Listen: China and the U.S. vie for influence in Asia

The South China Sea is the focal point of a geopolitical struggle between Beijing and Washington. We interview an expert on the region’s complexities. U.S. President Donald Trump, left, with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Palm Beach, Florida, 6 April 2017 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) By Kyle Hong and Jack Kim The South China Sea is a strategic region in global politics, and in recent years it has become the focal point of a major power struggle between China and the United States. We wanted to interview an expert on…