Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

  Five Overlooked Developments from the Obama–Xi Visit

Author:

Graham Webster

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 01, 2015

Description:

Reporters and commentators have devoted most of their attention following President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States to a few issues: cybersecurity, climate cooperation, business relationships, and maritime disputes. As written elsewhere, in each case, we will have to wait and see to assess any progress that might have been made.

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, US-China Relations, National Security Review, Military Cooperation

Title:

  Vietnam is Changing…And So Is the Balance of Power in Asia

Author:

Carlyle Thayer

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 2, 2015

Description:

On September 15, Vietnam’s political log jam suddenly burst with the simultaneous launch of a website dedicated to preparations for the twelfth national party congress and the release of the draft Political Report and Socio-Economic Plan for 2016-2020.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations, Communist Party of Vietnam

Title:

  Xi’s Visit Invigorates China-U.S. Relationship

Author:

Su Xiaohui

Source:

China-US Focus

Date:

September 29, 2015

Description:

In the past few months, suspicion of China’s peaceful development was hyped in the U.S., and undermined U.S. confidence in building the new type of relationship between major powers with China. Fortunately, Xi’s visit has provided a chance for the U.S. to get back on the right track.

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, Xi Jinping, new type of major power relationship, territorial integrity

Title:

  Have the US and China Come to an Understanding on the AIIB?

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 28, 2015

Description:

An official fact sheet on U.S.-China economic relations, issued after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House notes that “the United States welcomes China’s growing contributions to financing development and infrastructure in Asia and beyond.” The introduction to the fact sheet also noted that the “international financial architecture has evolved over time to meet the changing scale, scope, and diversity of challenges and to include new institutions as they incorporate its core principles of high standards and good governance.”

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, China-US Relations

Title:

  U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

Author:

Office of the Press Secretary

Source:

The White House

Date:

September 25, 2015

Description:

In November 2014, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping stood together in Beijing to make a historic U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, emphasizing their personal commitment to a successful climate agreement in Paris and marking a new era of multilateral climate diplomacy as well as a new pillar in their bilateral relationship.

Tags: Climate Change, US-China Relations, Paris Conference, Official Statement

Title:

FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

Author:
Office of the Press Secretary
Source:
The White House
Date:
September 25, 2015
Description:
The United States and China recognize their shared interest in promoting a strong and open global economy, inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a stable international financial system, supported by the multilateral economic institutions founded at the end of World War II that have benefited the peoples of both nation

Tags: US-China Economic Relations, IMF, G-20, Fact Sheet

Title:

  The Truth About US Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea

Author:

Shannon Tiezzi

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 22, 2015

Description:

A discussion on a particular focus on the question of U.S. freedom of navigation (FON) patrols within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands – leading to headlines like this, from Associated Press: “McCain: U.S. should ignore China’s claims in South China Sea.”

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, UNCLOS, Freedom of navigation, US maritime policy

Title:

  How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China

Author:

Robert Daly

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 22, 2015

Description:

When U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Washington next week, the dynamics of the bilateral relationship will be more perilous than at any summit in the past thirty-six years. Their challenge, during and after their meetings, is to steer U.S.-China strategic competition onto a manageable course despite disparate interests and antagonistic attitudes in both countries.

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, One Belt One Road, strategic competition, signaling

Title:

  Thailand seeks deeper cooperation with China through Maritime Silk Road

Author:

Sun Chengdong

Source:

China Daily

Date:

September 21, 2015

Description:

China and Thailand have enjoyed rewarding trade and economic cooperation over the past decade with China the country's biggest trade partner and top tourist source. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and as Country of Honor at the 12th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO); Thailand pulled out all the stops to showcase Thailand's trade and economic potential.

Tags: News, China-ASEAN Relations, Thailand, Mekong River, energy, marine cooperation

Title:

  Plotting the New Silk Road and what it will could mean for economic development

Author:

AUTHOR

Source:

The Siberian Times

Date:

September 11, 2015

Description:

Moscow and Beijing this month signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a Russian-Chinese economic alliance aimed at fostering cooperation based on the planned Silk Road East-West route, a concept for a modern trading framework based on the ancient Silk Road that connected China to the Mediterranean.

Tags: News, China-Russia relations, Silk Road, Trans-Siberian railway, Putin

Title:

  UK maritime services sector welcomes China’s One Belt, One Road plan

Author:

Bob Jaques

Source:

Seatrade Maritime News

Date:

September 10, 2015

Description:

The UK maritime sector’s positive response to China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision was confirmed by a strong turnout of high-level speakers and attendees at a half-day conference on the subject during London International Shipping Week.

Tags: News, One Belt On Road, impact on maritime sector, shipping, sealanes

Title:

  US-China: Climate Change Challenge and Opportunity

Author:

Li Shuo

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 09, 2015

Description:

With so many contentious bilateral issues between the U.S. and China – the South China Sea and cyber security to name just two – hopes are building for President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to the U.S. this September. The world’s two biggest CO2 emitters could deliver another environmental high note, one that could have crucial significance for climate talks in Paris in December this year

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, Climate Change, public goods

Title:

  Why It Matters That the US May Sanction Chinese Entities Over Cyber Espionage

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 01, 2015

Description:

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Obama administration was working to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities involved in cyber attacks and espionage against the United States. The report comes just a couple weeks ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inaugural state visit to the United States

Tags: Commentary, Island Construction, China-US Relations, Freedom of navigation, cyber-espionage, freedom of overflight