Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Beijing from August 17-21, 2018, with the aim of seeking understanding from his Chinese hosts that his government needs to re-adjust Malaysia’s financial situation.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
On May 20, 2018, Tsai Ing-wen celebrated her two-year anniversary as President of Taiwan. Polls by political organizations and media agencies found greater public dissatisfaction with Tsai since she took office in 2016.
On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.
Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
The strongman leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn partners to his style of leadership. Partners include other strongmen in the world like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and President Donald Trump of the US.
US President Donald Trump has officially started his maiden visit to Asia. He will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines and will emphasize the need for the international community to work with the US on the North Korean nuclear standoff.
US President Donald Trump recently “dismissed” Steven Bannon from his job as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon espoused a strong nationalist point of view. Trump was a proponent of bargaining and negotiating. The two were at odds over the US’ China policy.