The geo-political rivalry between the US and China has expanded into the geo-technological realm. The race for AI dominance and digital economic sovereignty has the potential to dramatically reshape the global balance of power.
One of the important dimensions of the China-US relationship are the sub-national linkages between Chinese provinces and US states. Links between Chinese and US cities, and Chinese provinces as well as US states, have played a role in giving a fillip to economic relations.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went to China eyeing immediate financial assistance to negotiate a bailout package from the International Monitory Fund. The joint statement issued marking the end of Khan’s visit did not mention any assistance package.
China and India are set to meet for the 21st round of Border Talks on November 23-24, 2018 in China. The two countries have not been able to achieve any remarkable progress since 2005. Will the latest round of talks make any significant difference?
The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
In January 2010, Google shut down its Chinese search engine. In August 2018, the Twitter account of the People’s Daily announced that: “Google is welcome to the mainland, but it’s a prerequisite that it must comply with the requirements of the law.”
With the exception of its attempt to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, the US’ Asia policy is mostly about China, or more accurately, what other countries can do to help it win its struggle with China for dominance in the region.
ASEAN states’ unwavering support of the “ASEAN Way,” characterized by the making of consensus in tackling regional issues, probably suggested that they maintained a prudent and pragmatic diplomatic posture towards China, in between firm rebalancing and full endorsement.