Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming has advised companies operating in the UK to be cautious, especially those whose European offices are headquartered in Britain. Brexit would affect China’s exports that rely on London-based entries into the EU market.
Hong Kong is expected to hold its Chief Executive elections in March 2017. Carrie Lam is widely seen by political punters as Beijing’s favorite in the race. The former Chief Secretary is popular with the public as well.
The US occupation of the Philippines overwhelmed the country with much Americanness in the cultural, social, and political aspects. Yet the search for a Philippine national identity under colonialism drew its people into negative postcolonial mental scripts.
Many countries, including India and China, the security normalizing and economically recovering Japan and the ASEAN Economic Community are all looking forward to working with the incoming Trump administration in the US.
Being in the driver’s seat for regionalism and positing its centrality in East Asia, ASEAN can aggregate the interests of all major powers like US, China, Japan, India, Russia and the EU as well as middle powers like South Korea and Australia.
One indication of a stable Sino-US relationship is revealed in the Chinese reaction to the Trump-Tsai phone conversation. Beijing sought to downplay its significance, and the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi described it as “just a small trick” by Taiwan.