When the TPP and One Belt, One Road meet

Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton meets with then-Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at the State Department in Washington, 14 February 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

After years of talks, negotiators concluded an agreement on the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October 2015. Since China is excluded from the TPP, one would expect antagonism rather than symbiosis between the Washington-advocated trade package and Beijing’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy. Read more…

Trouble at sea for the US and its Asian allies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center, in Buffalo, USA, April 18, 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: James Curran, University of Sydney

In the capitals of America’s Asian allies, two phenomena are combining to intensify already uneasy relations with Washington. The first is China’s continued assertiveness in the South China Sea. Beijing’s militarisation of these contested territories Read more…

What might a new Asian order look like?

US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders pose for a photograph at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, United States, 1 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Robert A. Manning, Atlantic Council, and Jim Przystup, National Defense University

In numerous essays, Hugh White has argued that the US-led Asia Pacific order, which he rightly views as a source of peace and growing prosperity over the past seventy years, is increasingly outmoded. Read more…

New rule-based order needed to save the Mekong

Cambodian school children wait for their friend at the Mekong River bank in Tuol Yeimar village before going to their school, near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 22 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Nguyen Khac Giang, VEPR

As Vietnam suffers its worst drought in nearly a century and Cambodia faces a water shortage that could jeopardise the livelihoods of 1.5 million people, debates have been reignited over the mega dams built along the Mekong. Read more…

Australia’s flawed position on the South China Sea

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presents the Defence White Paper at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, 25 February 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sam Bateman, RSIS

Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper says a lot about the South China Sea, both directly and indirectly. It expresses concern about land reclamation and construction activities by claimants in the sea and about the possible use of artificial structures for military purpose. Read more…

It’s time that China seriously engaged with India

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Indian prime minster Narendra Modi in New Delhi, 18 September 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Yizhe Daniel Xie, Waseda University

The topic of China dominates almost every economic and foreign policy discussion in India. Yet the concept of a rising India is still a foreign concept in the circles of Chinese elites. Many Chinese are often surprised or amused by the enthusiasm of analysts in comparing China and India. In the eyes of many Chinese the only similarities are that both countries are in Asia and have a population of over a billion people. Read more…

US–China rivalry: does Asia have to choose?

US President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping walk the colonnade of the White House, Washington, DC, USA, 25 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hugh White, ANU

Can America preserve the US-led regional order by resisting China’s challenge to replace it with ‘a new model of great-power relations’? That depends a lot on how much support the United States can expect from its friends and allies in the region. Read more…