China: The Player

China is taking a leadership role in global concerns, calling for a de-escalation of conflicts and accusing the US of engaging in acts which are destroying the international order (1), while the US monopoly over South Eastern trade routes is threatened by China’s rising popularity in the area with its promise of trade, financial aid, development, and economic growth (2).

Strained relations between China and the US persist, with each side using political and financial tactics ranging from visa-canceling (3), alleged-spy arrests (4), harassment (5), and stock delisting (6), to exclusions from special treatment (7), as the petty tit-for-tat risks escalating into full-blown war (8).

Tensions between China and the Philippines have been soothed, with both sides affirming their desire to retain a bilateral relationship. The maritime territorial dispute appeared of more concern to the US, who is pushing for a military presence, than to the Philippine government (9).

China is creating Middle Eastern trade partnerships to ensure access to Iraqi oil, providing ingress to the geographically-strategic waterways, while the Arab nations have turned a blind eye to human-rights injustices committed against Chinese-Muslim minorities (10).

China is giving Taiwan payback for its refusal to kowtow to China’s demands. This alteration in China’s policy toward Taiwan has potentially adverse ramifications to the dynamic of the Taiwan-Hong Kong relationship, and the status of both as a buffer between China and the west (11).

China continues to play the international political field—occasionally in a manner rather extraordinary (12) —by strengthening its relationship with various Asian nations (13), forming collectively important ties between Europe and Russia (14), and conversely, clamping down on those who do not succumb to its charms; stooping to any level to make a point (15).


 

References

  1. Wang Yi urges SCO members to boycott law-of-the-jungle mentality

  2. China and the US: the 21st Century’s “Great Game” - CounterPunch.org

  3. U.S. cancels visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals deemed security risks

  4. US charges 4 scientists for hiding ties to Chinese government including one ‘in hiding at consulate’

  5. LA Times Says One Of Its Reporters Was Grabbed By Throat, Arrested For Hours While Trying To...

  6. White House Moves To De-List Chinese Companies From American Stock Exchanges

  7. China omits US dollar from forex trading fee waivers in bid to bolster yuan

  8. US-China Military Conflict Deemed "Highly Likely" To "Almost Certain" Over Next 3 Years

  9. China and Philippines affirm ties after South China Sea spat - Nikkei Asian Review

  10. China’s Middle East strategy comes at a cost to the US

  11. China Threatens Democratic Taiwan’s Toehold in Hong Kong

  12. Chinese diplomat pictured walking on locals’ backs highlights Pacific power struggle

  13. China, Cambodia reach free trade agreement after 6 months of talks

  14. Definitive Eurasian alliance is closer than you think

  15. It's hard to tell why China is targeting Australian wine. There are two possibilities