In this episode, Dr. Tang Siew Mun joins us to discuss evolving Southeast Asian attitudes toward major powers in the region, especially China and the United States. He analyzes the results of a recent survey conducted by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore titled “State of Southeast Asia: 2019.” Dr. Tang explains the impetus driving the shifts in regional views of relations with Beijing, engagements with projects like the Belt and Road Initiative, and uncertainty about US commitment to and staying power in the region.
In this episode, Dr. Justyna Szczudlik joins us to discuss China’s attempts to increase engagement with five Balkan states and eleven EU nations through the 16+1 mechanism. Dr. Szczudlik explains China’s motives for establishing the mechanism and how 16+1 relates to the Belt and Road Initiative. She also assesses how different countries in Central and Eastern Europe view China and the China-Poland relationship in particular.
In this episode, Dr. Jagannath Panda joins us to discuss China-India relations, including the significance of the April 2018 Wuhan Summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr. Panda explains how India has side-stepped conflict with China since the 2017 border standoff at Doklam, and analyzes how the economic component of the bilateral relationship has developed despite India’s opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and growing presence in the Indo-Pacific.
In this episode, we discuss with former Obama Administration official Evan Medeiros themes, opportunities, and challenges of U.S.-China bilateral relations under President Obama.
Countries with high levels of prestige can attract other states to support their foreign policy goals. In order to analyze China’s changing position in the world, it is necessary to assess the source of China’s international prestige and influence.
In recent years, China’s support for the UN has grown considerably. Its increasing financial and personnel contributions offer China a low-cost means of demonstrating its commitment to global stability while alleviating concerns over its growing military and economic power.
Countries that can successfully leverage their national power are able to affect the behavior of other political actors. Toward this end, the Chinese government has developed top-down strategies designed to enhance its soft power.
Inbound and outbound tourism trends shed light on China’s global appeal and how the Chinese government cultivates its soft power. Tourism has been used by China as a political tool to further its interests and expand its influence.