Wang Zheng

Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Wang Zheng was a Wang Gungwu visiting fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He is currently a PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Albany.

A Chinese flag flutters in front of a globe in Shanghai, China, 2 August 2022. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China’s think tank diplomacy in Southeast Asia: Idea exchange or echo chamber?

China’s intensified efforts to engage with regional think tanks have not produced the results it has hoped for, mainly because Beijing seems to care more about imposing its own views than a true meeting of the minds.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a giant screen as he delivers a speech at the event marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 1 July 2021. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

China’s pragmatic party diplomacy in Southeast Asia

The Chinese Communist Party’s outreach to political parties in Southeast Asia, regardless of ideology, underscores the pragmatism in President Xi Jinping’s plan for regional influence. From issues of the economy to human rights, the CCP is clearly seeking to counter the Western narrative and improve its image in Southeast Asia.
US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity with other regional leaders via video link at the Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo on 23 May 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

‘Doomed to fail’: Chinese media dismisses the US’s ASEAN diplomacy

Various Chinese state media have negatively portrayed Washington’s recent moves to court ASEAN diplomatically and economically, but the one-sided narrative that Beijing trots out belies the region’s careful management of both great powers amidst their growing rivalry.