Bonnie Glaser on the Future of US-China Relations, Taiwan, and Indo-Pacific Strategy – The Diplomat

Advertisement In this interview, Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, discusses the future of U.S.-China ties, cross-strait relations, and the Indo-Pacific Strategy. If the poll predictions in Taiwan are correct and President Tsai is re-elected, how will her re-election impact cross-strait relations? Conversely, if Han Kuo-yu wins, do you think cross-strait relations will markedly improve? If Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected, there are several scenarios for the future of cross-strait relations. The…

‘Phase two’ US-China deal less likely as struggle to reach ‘phase one’

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images An ambitious “phase two” trade deal between the United States and China is looking less likely as the two countries struggle to strike a preliminary “phase one” agreement, according to U.S. and Beijing officials, lawmakers and trade experts. In October, U.S. President Donald Trump said during a press conference with Chinese vice premier Liu He that he expected to quickly dive into a…

US-China Competition Will Heat up the South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertising On June 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense officially released its first “Indo-Pacific Strategy” report. The essence of this strategy is to strengthen the United States’ bilateral alliances and multilateral cooperation mechanisms in economics, security, and maritime affairs in order to build a joint network encompassing South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia. In terms of strategy, the United States has used the South China Sea issue as a wooing mechanism to force countries inside and outside of the region to take sides with the ultimate goal of…

U.S.-China tensions hang over Southeast Asian summit

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Southeast Asian leaders are expected to voice concern at rising trade tensions during a regional summit starting on Saturday in the shadow of the U.S.-China trade war and amid worries at U.S. disengagement from the region. A police officer stands guard outside the venue for the upcoming the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha The 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet in Bangkok, where they will also hold talks with representatives of world powers and have…

U.S.-China Trade Talks Begin on Positive Note

WASHINGTON—U.S.-China trade talks kicked off amid expectations that Beijing’s emissaries are ready to offer compromises aimed at getting President Trump to hold off on tariff increases set to take effect next week and in December. Financial markets rose on prospects of any headway after five months of stalemate, and on the news Mr. Trump would meet on Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House. Speaking to reporters Thursday evening, the president said, “We had a very, very good negotiation.” The meetings were conducted behind closed doors,…

The Long Shadow of US-China Competition

By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-04 19:18:12 From trade to cyber, from the South China Sea to outer space, strategic rivalry between the United States and China is shaping the international order. The polar regions seem no exception. At the recent Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi, Finland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech where he did not mention climate change, although he did on a number of occasions dismiss China’s claim to have a role to play in the Arctic as a self-proclaimed “near-Arctic state”. A…

Poles apart: The long shadow of US-China competition

From trade to cyber, from the South China Sea to outer space, strategic rivalry between the United States and China is shaping the international order. The polar regions seem no exception. At the recent Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi, Finland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech where he did not mention climate change, although he did on a number of occasions dismiss China’s claim to have a role to play in the Arctic as a self-proclaimed “near-Arctic state”. A month later, the US…

Report to Congress on U.S.-China Competition in the South, East China Seas

The following is the Sept. 24, 2019, Congressional Research Service report, U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report In an international security environment described as one of renewed great power competition, the South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as an arena of U.S.-China strategic competition. U.S.-China strategic competition in the SCS forms an element of the Trump Administration’s more confrontational overall approach toward China, and of the Administration’s efforts for promoting its construct for the Indo-Pacific region, called the Free…