Peng Nian

Associate Research Fellow, National Institute for South China Sea Studies

Dr Peng Nian is an associate research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS), China, and non-resident fellow at Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS), US. He obtained his PhD in international relations from the Hong Kong Baptist University. His main research interests are in the areas of China-Southeast (South) Asian relations, Sino-US relations, and maritime security of the Indo-Pacific region. He authored the book A Study on Indo-Myanmar Relations after the Cold-War (Beijing: Current Affairs Press, 2017).

As the US pulls out of certain international organisations, China stands ready to take its place. (iStock)

New battleground for China-US competition: International organisations

From bilateral and multilateral diplomatic situations, to international economic organisations and non-economic organisations, the competition between China and the US has intensified in a different way during the pandemic, as new battlegrounds for influence are created. Chinese researcher Peng Nian presents the possible areas that the US and China might continue to clash, even after the pandemic eases.
Qing Dynasty, All Nations Come to Pay Tribute (《万国来朝图》), partial, The Palace Museum. (Internet)

The tributary system resurrected in Southeast Asia?

Chinese researcher Peng Nian, from the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China, considers whether China is really eager to revive a master-subordinate relationship with its former tributary states.