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.
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.
The Xiangshan Forum, one of East Asia’s premier security forums, is being held in Beijing from October 24 to 26, 2018. What has attracted the attention of international observers is Pyongyang sending a delegation led by two heavyweights.
The strategic move of restructuring China’s arm forces is aimed at building a joint battle system and strengthening joint command ensuring the People’s Liberation Army’s capability of “fighting and winning battles and effectively safeguarding China’s national security.”
While the debt issue is definitely a major obstacle to some projects, it is not detrimental to the Belt and Road Initiative. In order to address this problem, China has strengthened cooperation and policy coordination with the BRI states and made some progress on it.