The world is watching as China hardens its foreign policy stance. As some countries begin to push back, the United States should bring these countries together to address their shared concerns.
So far, talks aiming at policy changes from China have failed. Having had enough of waiting, the European Union used the occasion of a direct virtual meeting to point out their many divergences.
Mobility restrictions, especially in economies dependent on domestic demand such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, have suppressed already shy spenders.
The perception of EU-China relations remains largely positive among Chinese foreign policy elites, for a number of reasons.
Taiwan’s coronavirus success was based on efficient coordination across the public and private sectors coupled with innovative deployment of advanced technology.
The Chinese handling of the COVID-19 crisis clearly shows both the strengths and weaknesses of Beijing’s crisis management system. While the system remains excessively bureaucratic and consensus-driven, it also has standard, thorough, and well-organized crisis management practices that, once set in motion, in general operate very effectively.
Not enough commentary has focused on the extraordinary diversity of China’s international posture these days.
The conventional wisdom was that China would seek an expanded regional role but would defer to the distant future any global ambitions.
As South Korea ponders the future of inter-Korean ties and the prospects for unification, one abiding reality is that core security choices are going to become increasingly difficult and politically charged.
The only solution, victims of this virus assert, is to isolate and weaken Beijing and intimidate it with massive levels of defense spending, the go-to solution for virtually all of the United States’ foreign policy ills.