Bolton is an iconoclast and an extreme American nationalist. He believes that US sovereignty and freedom of action are wrongly constrained by international law, multilateral organizations and global treaties.
As Hong Kong orients itself towards the future, it needs to reinvigorate its collective consciousness. Its people must find the courage to admit to a new reality in its relations with the People’s Republic and find the voice to weave a new strategy and story that make sense.
The MOU between the Philippines and China is an important step for bilateral efforts towards the direction of expanding cooperation to marine resources development. It will also impact dispute management and peace and security in the South China Sea.
In October 2018 during the China-Japan Forum on Third Country Business Cooperation, over 50 Memorandums of Understanding were signed. The most important one was on financial support for Chinese and Japanese companies in their business cooperation in third countries.
The APEC meeting turned out to be frosty and cold between the world’s two largest economies, as it did not produce a joint communique at the end. The G20 meeting was more fruitful as China and the US agreed to a temporary trade truce.
The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
US decision to grant exemptions from sanctions to India, China and six other countries importing Iranian oil reveals how the quest for energy security, enhanced connectivity and economic progress are intertwined with strategy in the Sino-Indian Great Game in Iran.
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.