Recently, the ties between the United States and the European Union have been strained by a number of strategic and economic issues, including NATO and trade matters, the Iran nuclear deal, the China factor and controversies surrounding Huawei and the 5G network.
In February 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to three Asian capitals: Islamabad, New Delhi, and Beijing. In each of the three capitals that he visited, the Crown Prince signed deals worth billions of dollars.
China’s growing economic and naval presence in the Indian Ocean region challenges India, the major South Asian power in the Indian Ocean area, and the US, the primary power since 1945. The question is why.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.
Some call it a new cold war which sees Russia, China and the US all vying for influence and control in the Arctic. The recent policy shift of the US is also driven by its concern on this increasing influence of Russia and China and the cooperation between the two.
The inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, released by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, made a very significant point: after the 2019 general election, India may change its attitude towards the Belt and Road Initiative, and may even consider joining it.
China and the EU differ on political and human rights issues, while trade and investment comprise the main components of the China-EU tie. Burdened by a decade of declining economic investment, the EU and its member-states have welcomed China’s investments.
Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, relations between the United States and China have witnessed extremes in friendliness and cordiality on the one hand and hostility and antagonisms on the other hand.
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.
Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”