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When the Circus Comes to Town -- Prepping for a POTUS Visit

ADST | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
ADST

Concerns about security, cultural sensitivities, press coverage and political effectiveness turn such events into an all-encompassing, embassy-wide obsession from the day the idea of the visit is floated until "Wheels Up" when Air Force One departs.

Philippines' APEC Fever: Is it Worth it?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, the Philippines will be in the global spotlight. It will play host to one of the world's most important gatherings, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting -- a prestigious hobnob comparable with the G20 and G7 summits.

A Framework for US-India Economic Cooperation

Nelson W. Cunningham | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Nelson W. Cunningham

Mr. Modi's reform agenda has not yet extended to India's historically protectionist trade policies. Unlike many other developing countries, particularly in Asia, India remains largely outside the web of global and regional trade compacts.

How the U.S. and China Can Join Forces to Fight the Common Enemy -- Climate Change

Wang Tao | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Wang Tao

BEIJING -- The climate change negotiations have reached the most critical time. After Xi's visit to the U.S., there's a little over 10 weeks until the UN climate conference in Paris.

What Will Make the Obama-Xi Summit a Success

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

There is no higher priority in relations between the U.S. and China than to begin serious cyber detente negotiations to establish a code of conduct.

How Ancient Chinese Thought Applies Today

Kevin Rudd | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Kevin Rudd

In the absence of a common narrative shared by the U.S. and China, the two nations are likely to drift more rapidly apart. The relationship needs a new strategic concept for the future that is capable of sufficiently embracing both American and Chinese realities, as well as areas of potential common endeavor for the future, and to do so in language which is comprehensible and meaningful in both capitals. Trust builds on itself just as distrust builds on itself as well, compounding into deep enmity over time.

Asia Is on the Brink of a Golden Era. Here's Why.

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

Asia has been infected by a silent, healthy virus of modernization. There is a remarkably wide and deep consensus among regional leaders that they should focus on modernization and pragmatic development. Because it is silent, the Western media has not noticed and continues to predict doom.

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

How China Made Its Climate Change Decision, and Why It Will Stick

Kerry Brown | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Kerry Brown

The leadership in Beijing does not share skepticism about the human role in climate change beloved of some important constituencies in the U.S., Australia and the EU. It has been able to unify decision makers within the vast bureaucratic machine domestically. This is at least one area where the top-down, centralized structures of the People's Republic prove helpful in significantly redirecting policy.

Behind the Handshakes, Military Tensions Are Rising Between China and Its Neighbors

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, became the second of two close American allies (after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) to shake hands with President Xi Jinping of China this week. Xi and Aquino shared promises to constructively manage tensions in the South China Sea, a promising step forward after several years of maritime incursions into territory both countries claim as their own.

China's Domestic Self-interest Fuels US Climate Pact

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Landmark though the US-Chinese bilateral agreement may be, it is still much more about domestic Chinese priorities than trans-Pacific good will.

China's Reforms: Law Without Rights or Law Without Substance?

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

For two reasons, we should be cautiously optimistic that despite the problems he will run into in implementing the new reforms, Xi's administration now at least intends meaningful progress towards something Western scholars and professionals would recognize as "law."

The Sino-Russia Partnership Is Stronger Than the West Thinks

Gilbert Rozman | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Rozman

Anti-imperialism has survived as a pillar of ideology, as has Sinocentrism and Russocentrism, which focus overwhelmingly on resistance to the United States and its allies.

Putin Gets Censored In China For Putting A Shawl Around First Lady's Shoulders

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.11.2014 | World

No one wants to see Russian President Vladimir Putin hit on their wife. So when Chinese social media users suggested that Putin may have been flirt...

Matt Sheehan

7 Things You Can't Do In Beijing During World Leaders' Summit

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

BEIJING -- On Monday, President Barack Obama told world leaders gathered in Beijing that America was loosening visa restrictions for Chinese visitors....

Brzezinski: Why We Need a U.S.-China 'Pacific Charter' for Global Stability

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

In Beijing on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama called on China to be a "partner in underwriting the international order" instead of "undermining" it. One key American strategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, is strongly promoting the idea that Obama's notion should be pushed further and formalized into a "Pacific Charter."

After the Icy Handshake, What Comes Next?

Yanmei Xie | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Yanmei Xie

Now that Xi and Abe have had their icy handshake, China and Japan need to move forward. Hotlines are necessary, but so is continued leadership: for President Xi, to ensure that anti-Japanese nationalism does not dictate policy towards Tokyo; for Prime Minister Abe, to tamp down tendencies towards historical revisionism.

Matt Sheehan

Beijing's Anti-Pollution Face-Lift In 6 Photos

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

BEIJING -- World leaders have descended on the Chinese capital for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, and the city has been scrambling to ...

Is China Making Trouble or Making Peace?

Xu Hui | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Xu Hui

Simmering tensions between China and Japan and in the South China Sea combined with the American "pivot" to Asia have been used by some to produce a narrative that China is a destabilizing force for the region and the world. Many have accused China of being a free rider and troublemaker. Nothing can be further from the truth. On the contrary, China has been a linchpin for stability and development in this important region.

Obama: Say No to This 'Partnership'

Martha Burk | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

What is the TPP? A giant trade agreement between the U.S. and 12 Pacific Rim nations now being negotiated in secret. Well, mostly in secret. Around 600 corporations have seen a draft. Yet Congress and the public still have not.

Obama, Vladimir Putin Speak Briefly On Beijing Summit Sidelines

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics

(Adds Russian comment, background) BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke ...

How to Avoid Another 1914 in Asia in 2014

Paul J. Keating | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Paul J. Keating

It is not apparent that policymakers in either the U.S. or China yet seem persuaded that accommodation is necessary. Both seem to underestimate the resolve of the other and hope that they can secure all they want because the other will back down to avoid confrontation. This is how Asia today most resembles Europe in 1914.

Analysis: Bold Action Required on Renewal of the Information Technology Agreement During APEC Summit

East-West Center | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
East-West Center

In the end, Ernst concludes, both the U.S. and China have a strong interest in finding a compromise during the APEC Summit. From the U.S. perspective, a mini ITA-2 without China would be an oxymoron. Not only is China the world biggest smart-phone market, it is also by far the most important market for U.S. semiconductor firms.

A New Balance of Power in Asia: Japan and U.S.; China and Russia; India and ASEAN

Chen Xiangyang | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Chen Xiangyang

When he initiated the Asia-Pacific rebalance, U.S. President Barack Obama staked all his international strategic capital on that cast of dice. The move, however, only ended up in the birth of more imbalances in the world, which forced the U.S. to scurry between one hotspot after another.

The Axiom Report: Cybersecurity and Its Impact on China-U.S. Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

While the actual impact of the Novetta report on making U.S. systems more secure from Chinese attacks in the long run will be negligible on the diplomatic front, the recent Axiom revelations will allow the U.S. government to press the Chinese side harder on contentious cybersecurity issues.