Pakistan’s position in the US-China power shift – The Express Tribune Blog

Though not mutually exclusive, maintaining its (historically love-hate) relationship with US is a mammoth task if it is to yield the benefits of China’s development and investment initiatives China’s rise has triggered a myriad of debates among political and academic commentators alike. Will it be peaceful and rely solely on America’s decline? Or will the changing structure of the international arena inevitably be riddled with war and violence? As the aforementioned thoughts become the subject of repeated discussions, another problem closer to home becomes more and more pressing: can Pakistan ride the ever-turbulent…

U.S.-China Trade War: How Did We Get Here? – iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI)

*This article was first printed on the China-US Focus website, www.chinausfocus.com.* The US and China are currently locked in a trade war amid other tensions, a situation which was unforeseeable just three years ago. Under President Obama, the US-China relationship was viewed as critical and treated with care. Now, under President Trump, China hawks dominate US foreign policy with the Asian nation, with little regard to making real or perceived slights. How did we get to this point, and what will it mean for what Obama referred to as “the…

U.S.-China Trade War Boosts Vietnamese City’s Economy : NPR

Vietnam’s economy grew faster than any mature country last year, partly because of the trade war. Manufacturers are leaving empty factories in China and are fleeing to cities like Hai Phong. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Some economists say there is no winner in a trade war. They’ve said that especially during President Trump’s trade war with China. Turns out, there is at least one winner, though. Vietnam is gaining business. It’s receiving what you might call trade war refugees who are taking their business out of the war zone. NPR’s Rob…

Why the South China Sea Fuels U.S.-China Tensions

By David Tweed | Bloomberg February 13 at 4:00 PM For decades, the U.S. has guaranteed freedom of navigation in Asia’s waters, patrolling the seas with a view to maintaining the principle that no sovereign state shall suffer interference from another. China’s growing military prowess, combined with a dogged assertiveness over its territorial claims, is testing the old ways and providing a potential flashpoint for the two powers. That tension is felt most keenly in the South China Sea. 1. Where is the South China Sea? Stretching from China in…

US Navy sails past contested islands in South China Sea amid U.S.-China tensions

Two US officials told CNN that the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands as part of what the US Navy calls “freedom of navigation operations,” which are meant to enforce the right of free passage in international waters. “US Forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including the South China Sea. All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,”…

Key diplomat in 1979 opening of U.S.-China relations says they are more strained than ever

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reach to shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) Joe Davidson Columnist focusing on federal government issues BEIJING — Four decades after the United States and China formalized full diplomatic relations with a burst of optimism, the current period is marked by suspicion, trade war machinations and military tensions. Despite the tempered hopefulness President Trump voiced during his Oval Office meeting Thursday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the…

U.S-China trade talks: What’s all the fuss about soybeans?

Soybeans account for less than 1 percent of all the goods and services the United States sells the rest of the world. But somehow the humble legumes are upstaging weightier, thornier issues as the Trump administration tackles trade disputes with China, the European Union and other trading partners. Critics worry that focusing on getting foreigners to buy soybeans and other U.S. goods is a distraction from pushing them to make deeper economic reforms that would offer longer-lasting benefits to the United States. The outsize importance of soybeans — mostly used…

Decoding the Confrontational Streak in U.S.-China Relations

By Radhey Tambi Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Image Attribute: Pixabay.com The recently released Missile Defence Review report by the Pentagon, is aimed at addressing the challenges posed by the development of the advanced cruise and hypersonic missiles by China. The development of the missile capability and technology as part of Chinese Military modernization is considered not only as offensive in nature, but also as a means of denting U.S. primacy in the Indo-Pacific region. Few days back, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the…

Competitive Coexistence: An American Concept for Managing U.S.-China Relations

In recent years, sentiment has been growing in Washington that China increasingly challenges U.S. interests, to a degree that is rendering several decades of efforts to influence Beijing positively through deep engagement unsuccessful . Now a bipartisan Congressional-Executive Branch consensus is emerging that the United States must pursue a markedly different approach to China . Indeed, the latest National Defense Authorization Act mandates that President Donald Trump submit to Congress a whole-of-government strategy for dealing with China by March 1, 2019. A new report on China’s military explains that the…