The upcoming meeting between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is the main political event of the year in terms of Russian-Chinese relations. On the agenda there is the implementation of the agreement to reach a $200 bln bilateral trade level by 2020, the task that was assigned by the leaders of two countries. The key precondition for the success of this agreement is shifting to a new model of cooperation, with more connected production chains and diverse investment ties.
U.S. American President Donald Trump announced – during his first Asia tour in November 2017 – that it was now time to think about the Indo-Pacific strategy. This has de facto put an end to Washington's previous Asia-Pacific strategy adopted by Trump's predecessor in 2011: the U.S. "pivot to Asia". This shift increases the chances of recreating what has been known as the so-called 'Quad', that is, an alliance which comprises the US, India, Japan, and Australia.
Il Forum di Boao, ribattezzato “la Davos dell’Asia”, tenutosi dall’8 all’11 di aprile, è stato particolarmente atteso quest’anno. Non solo perché il 2018 rappresenta il quarantesimo anniversario del piano di apertura e riforme inaugurato da Deng Xiaoping, ma anche e soprattutto per lo scontro commerciale in corso d’opera tra Cina e Stati Uniti.
Soon after Chinese President Xi Jinping has succeeded in getting a “CPC leadership system” proposed and approved by the recent National People’s Congress, concerns started to arise in the rest of the world about the impact of that plan on the model of Chinese economic governance, and ultimately on the scenarios for China’s economic stability and growth. Political stability in democratic countries has long and strongly been associated with economic growth, but no similar link can be applied to other countries.
Last month, China’s National People’s Congress voted a constitutional amendment abolishing the two-term limit for the country’s President. Xi Jinping, now in his second term, can therefore extend his political control well beyond his mandate, which was supposed to come to an end by 2023. This represents a significant change within China’s political system, since Xi is expected to further centralize his political power, with major consequences to be felt in the near future.
Quando l’Unione Europea e gli Stati Uniti annunciarono le proprie sanzioni contro la Russia per l’annessione della Crimea nel marzo del 2014, una delle reazioni di Mosca fu l’annuncio di uno “storico” accordo energetico con la Cina dal valore di 400 miliardi di dollari. L’accordo prevede che per trent’anni Gazprom consegnerà il gas russo alla Cina ad un prezzo favorevole per Pechino; più in generale, l’accordo segnala, nelle intenzioni del Cremlino, la “svolta a Est” della Russia.
Chinese president Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met in Beijing early this week, in what can be defined a historic meeting. The two heads of state never met. And Kim Jong-un has not visited a foreign country since 2011, year in which he came to power, following his father’s (Kim Jong-il) death.
L’attuale Presidente cinese Xi Jinping potrebbe diventare Presidente a vita. Solo 5 membri del Congresso su quasi 3.000 hanno votato l’11 marzo 2018 contro l’emendamento alla Costituzione proposto da Xi, secondo il quale l’incarico del Presidente, e del vice-Presidente, non sarà più limitato a due mandati.
In a few days, the US President Trump will start its first visit to China. Would this officially called state visit usher a "New Era" of Sino-US relationship, to borrow the currently hot notion in China? I would answer it in a positive direction, despite the fact that the hot notion may not be used. At least, it will be a very important and constructive visit for the development of the relationship between the two countries.