The US has misjudged China, its intention and its role. It based its judgement on its own historical experience as an expansionistic empire and its deeply rooted great power ideology, and not on China’s diplomatic performance in the region.
The Brussels attack and last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris have the potential to sway the shocked governments of Western Europe to offer greater support for China’s ongoing struggle against Uighur jihadists in Xinjiang.
Although economic deceleration is expected and is not necessarily a terrible outcome for China, concerns over the transition are warranted. Indeed, the economy is facing numerous constraints, domestically and externally.
The annual Chinese Lianghui of 2016, or plenary meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is significant for the observation of China’s political, economic and social trends.
While the 18th Party Congress has brought about momentous changes that have led to uncertainties about the Chinese political future, underlying these changes are in fact concerted efforts towards reinforcing further institutionalization of Chinese politics.