Through the new EU Central Asia strategy, Brussels seems determined to breathe new life into its efforts to “court” Central Asia. But the EU is neither the only international player interested in the region nor is it the most influential one.
We are living in the ‘Asian Century’, some analysts suggest; but will the next decade become known as the ‘Central Asian decade’?
In the last two decades, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has dramatically expanded its outreach to Africa in terms of investments, aid and cultural diplomacy. Today, Beijing is Africa’s largest trading partner and investor as well as one of the main donor to the continent. At the same time, Africa has acquired growing importance for China’s quest to global influence and soft power.
On its 70th anniversary on October 1st 2019, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will proudly celebrate the material successes of a lifetime and show them off to the rest of the world. It has many, well beyond the vagaries of economic cycles and notwithstanding the current shift to a more moderate pace of economic growth. The first and foremost is undoubtedly its severe challenge to the liberal perspective regarding the role of economic and political freedom for economic growth.
Everything is ready for the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. According to the worldwide media, on October 1 the Chinese government will surprise the world by showing new military devices during the parade. New missiles, tanks, and army sections are supposed to be carried through Chang An Avenue, the main street cutting through Tiananmen Square.
As a whole, Southeast Asia has had one of the longest historical relationships with China. However, modern relations between China and Southeast Asia only began after the Second World War.
Seventy years after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the country is a leading global power. Its growing international presence is now inspiring opposing sentiments from countries around the world. Although seven decades have passed, China today still relies on the re-elaboration of the ideological and political principles of its past. Understanding these principles is key to increase our awareness of the role ideology played in shaping the country’s domestic and foreign policy choices. Where is China’s domestic arena headed?
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, if not from the birth of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) itself, relations with United States have proven to be a central factor in China’s strategic calculus and a major driver of Chinese foreign policy. Indeed, America’s ability to weigh on all spheres of China’s national security – from domestic to regional and global – poses fundamental challenges for Beijing.
The post-Cold War relationship with Russia should meet Beijing’s expectations. Fifteen years ago, Russia opted for a compromise and both states solved their long-standing border disputes. Today, faced with China’s rise to the status of a superpower, the Kremlin has chosen to embrace and accommodate its neighbour rather than to counterbalance it. Tensions in Russia’s relations with the West as well as numerous sanctions have made Moscow even more dependent on Beijing. Energy resources and arms provided by Russia have helped to fuel China’s growth.