International organisations

A pedestrian rides an escalator in Pudong's Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, China, on 29 January 2024. (Raul Ariano/Bloomberg)

Will following the US bring peace and prosperity to China?

Many in the Chinese world have unquestionably accepted the idea that friendly relations with the US will guarantee a country’s prosperity. However, academic Jianyong Yue notes that despite the honeymoon period between China and the US in the 1980s, China was still not endowed preferential treatment. Meanwhile, many countries have seen immense development even without the help of the US.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nauru's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Lionel Aingimea speak after signing a joint communiqué on the resumption of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Nauru at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on 24 January 2024. China and Nauru formally re-established diplomatic relations on 24 January, after the tiny South Pacific nation cut ties with Taiwan. (Andrea Verdelli/AFP)

Will Taiwan face further diplomatic isolation amid Beijing’s use of UN Resolution 2758?

The recent diplomatic shift of Nauru from Taiwan to mainland China has brought focus to United Nations Resolution 2758, whereby China is accused of manipulating the interpretation of the resolution to fit its needs. Lianhe Zaobao associate foreign news editor Sim Tze Wei takes a look at the different interpretations of the resolution and its impact on Taiwan’s international standing.
An aerial view of shipping containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on 12 January 2024. (AFP)

Does China still need the CPTPP?

Academic Jianyong Yue notes that despite China’s seeming eagerness to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), doing so may in fact hinder it from realising its full potential, given the strict regulations of the group. Perhaps it might be better for China to focus on developing its domestic market and turning into a strong consumption power capable of supporting its industrial upgrading and economic transformation.
People walk inside the Constitución train station in Buenos Aires, on 9 January 2024. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

Why has Argentina declined to join BRICS?

After the new government led by President Javier Milei took office in December 2023, it pulled Argentina out from joining BRICS in January 2024. On the one hand, this would please Milei's supporters, on the other it paves the way for greater economic opportunities with the US, while leaving the door open to joining the grouping in the future.
World leaders at the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) Leaders Meeting as part of the ASEAN-Japan 50th Year Commemorative Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on 18 December 2023. (Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore)

Japanese academic: Japan's declining national power must be considered in its security policy

While the Fukuda Doctrine introduced by former Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda was meant to promote peace and stability in Southeast Asia and ASEAN, the current approach of getting countries to choose between Japan and China might prompt ASEAN countries to hesitate from cooperating with Japan, says Japanese academic Hidekazu Wakatsuki.
View of pictures of late former US President Richard Nixon and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger displayed at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights during "Secrets of State: the Declassified History of the Chilean Dictatorship" exhibition in Santiago on 24 October 2017. (Martin Bernetti/AFP)

Kissinger’s controversial legacy in Latin America

Academic Antonio Hsiang examines the evidence and concludes that Henry Kissinger probably knew more of what was going on in Latin America — specifically Chile — than he let on. Seen in that light, some may surmise that the former US secretary of state was just as culpable as former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet.
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Leaders Retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, California, US, on 17 November 2023. (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

APEC: No longer an 'economic cooperation' forum

Commentator Jin Jian Guo notes that the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was of less interest than the sideline meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden. 'Open regionalism', previously synonymous with APEC, seems a thing of the past.
Passengers wait for trains at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai on 29 September 2023. (Rebecca Bailey/AFP)

Will China's economy 'collapse' again?

Despite speculations about the decline of China’s economy, Chinese academic Han Heyuan says that history has shown that such contrarian sentiments have been proven wrong time and again, for example in the case of the US, Japan and even China during the turn of the century.
A child visits the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, on 6 July 2023. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Breaking ground: China’s strides in AI regulation

While countries the world over are grappling with ways of regulating emergent AI technology, China has issued a raft of regulations, including a set of “Measures” released in August, which made explicit provisions for the research and development and services of generative AI. What insights can other countries glean? Academic James Pang examines the issue.