Central Asia has become an important arena of collaboration for Russia and China, with Moscow focusing on the region's security and Beijing promoting trade and commerce
Vietnam’s taking the ASEAN chair in January 2020 offers a diplomatic opportunity, says Vietnam scholar Truong-Minh Vu.
The US-China trade dispute is much more than a battle over a US$420 billion deficit, what the tensions are really about is a race for “geo-technological” superiority.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is far more than an instrument of Chinese foreign economic and development policy, argues Mher D Sahakyan
The Global South, particularly China and other Asian countries, is more active in conflict prevention and resolution
While the US president may want to forge an agreement soon to boost his re-election hopes, Xi Jinping is in no rush.
Foreign ministers including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (4th from left) and China's Wang Yi (far right) demonstrate ASEAN centrality
Domestic politics trumps diplomacy: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a strong line on Korea to boost his approval ratings
Leaders on both sides need to see the advantages of long-term close relations over fractious bickering
The Trump administration has turned away from the multilateralism that the United States itself created, leaving the rules-based international order under severe stress. Alejandro Reyes of the Asia Global Institute argues that attempts by some G7 countries and "like-minded" allies to strengthen the global system will have limited impact if their aim is to assert liberal values rather than shape a new order by working with China, India and other players who prefer pragmatism over preaching.
The rapid expansion of China-Africa economic ties led to questions about a new colonialist dependency. While concerns about debt and oversight persist, the relationship has evolved. Johannesburg-based African business expert Dianna Games argues that it is up to African countries to build the capacity to deal effectively with Beijing.