China-US competition

People participate in the annual Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown on 25 February 2024 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/AFP)

China-US competition: Managing bottom lines for a win-win situation

Academic Fei-Ling Wang says that the competition between China and the US could become a non-zero-sum game that is mutually beneficial to the two sides and even to the world. This would depend on how the countries uphold their worldview, outlook on life and values and are able to "live and let live".
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a press conference in Beijing, China, on 8 April 2024. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s China visit yields some results

Despite heightened tension between China and the US, the two sides are maintaining communications at all levels. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that as long as the two countries remain in contact, the situation will not turn for the worse or spin out of control.
US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' week in Woodside, California, on 15 November 2023. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

Xi-Biden call: China-US tech rivalry remains a point of contention

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Yang Jing notes that despite the continued communication between the two leaders of China and the US, tension remains in several areas, in particular tech. While the US is maintaining its rhetoric that it does not seek to curtail China’s developments, it may not be able to satisfy China’s request for a fair treatment.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an event at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra on 7 March 2024. (David Gray/AFP)

[Big read] Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim: Maintaining good relations with both China and the US

With Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in the role as head of government for more than a year, his stance on foreign policy and relations with China and other countries is becoming clearer. Anwar's role on the international stage may gain even greater prominence with Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN coming up next year. Meanwhile, he will also need to contend with garnering domestic support, especially among the Malay community. Lianhe Zaobao journalist So Choon Siang speaks with academics to find out more.
US President Joe Biden (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on 14 November 2022. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in San Francisco on 14 November 2023. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

State of Southeast Asia Survey 2024: Choosing China over the US is neither a tidal shift nor a sea change

The US has been ASEAN’s preferred major power to align with since the 2020 State of Southeast Asia survey. But this year, more respondents are leaning toward China than the US. Southeast Asia may remain engaged with the US while harbouring apprehensions towards China, but the tide may be shifting.
Figurines with computers and smartphones are seen in front of the words "Artificial Intelligence AI" in this illustration taken 19 February 2024. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

China looks to Southeast Asia for AI edge

Amid ongoing US-China AI rivalry, China recognises the importance of global partnerships and has shifted its focus towards Southeast Asian countries, say academics Shaleen Khanal and Zhang Hongzhou.
People line up outside a restaurant at Qianmen pedestrian street in Beijing, China, on 26 January 2024. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

China’s status in the global economy is stable, for now

Chinese academic Chu Zhaogen notes that while China is well poised to make its mark on the global economy, it needs to keep its eyes open and wits about it, so that it can seize on opportunities, not least in the field of technological innovation.
People watch a video about China’s military advancements at the Military Museum in Beijing, China, on 3 March 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

PLA upgrades armaments in race against US military

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that to catch up to the US in terms of military might, China has been investing heavily in modernising its armaments, particularly in the areas of aircraft carriers and stealth aircraft technology. Not only that, the PLA also wants to develop its own unique “trump card”.
Classes at National Chengchi University's Chinese Language Center operate in smaller sizes conducive to a higher level of engagement between teachers and students. (Photo: Woon Wei Jong)

Taiwan gains ground as destination to learn Mandarin

A record number of foreign students are choosing to study Mandarin in Taiwan, breaking pre-pandemic records. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Woon Wei Jong looks at the appeal of Taiwan as a Mandarin-learning hub and the impact on its international standing.