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.
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.”
Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India marks a new line of engagement in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, which had fallen under the shadow of a Chinese stronghold under former President Abdulla Yameen.
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.