New Delhi has bigger things to worry about than China pouring vast resources into a rash of projects in some of the world’s least stable places.
While One Belt, One Road (OBOR) will help both China and the host countries in the short term, its benefits are unlikely to prove durable.
AEI’s Dan Bluemnthal describes the dilemmas facing South Korea, from Kim Jong-un to a fraught partnership with Japan.
Moon Jae-In has been elected as the South Korean president. He has previously been opposed to the THAAD missile defense system being placed in South Korea, and will likely review that decision. This may potentially impact the US/SK relationship. Additionally, Pres. Trump’s statement that he is open to direct talks with North Korea is unwise. Excluding South Korea from the talks, an ally with much at stake from North Korean belligerence, would be a mistake.
China has clearly done something to anger Pyongyang. Whether it will be enough to affect North Korea’s behavior remains to be seen. But for the moment, it seems, Trump’s strategy seems to be bearing fruit.
A North Korean crisis different from all the others is on its way—if it isn’t here already.
To beat Hindu extremists, India’s secularists need to champion equality before the law.
Since his inauguration last June, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has been a perpetual thorn in the side of the United States. Under his watch, the longtime U.S. ally has cozied up to China while reversing recent advances in the U.S.-Philippines security relationship.
Like his predecessors, Trump has dramatically changed course on US-China relations and Taiwan. Unlike them, he’s done so rapidly and without warning.
The strategy of placing maximum pressure on both China and North Korea, as well as enforcing a global crackdown on trade with North Korea, is anything but strategic patience. And Trump is subtly putting the onus on China to deliver.