The economic and political reemergence of China as a global actor profoundly affects the calculus of regional relations. This sets the stage for new opportunities, risks and social processes. China’s neighborhood has over the last century seen highly complex patterns of both conflict and cooperation, the effects of which continue to affect mutual perceptions and actions. As such, regional relations do are by no means a one-way street: they are a stage where progress and volatility often go hand-in-hand. Encompassing a region of global economic importance, developments in China’s neighbourhood will be of far-reaching significance.
These complex and far-reaching effects make the study of Sino-regional relations of great importance to policymakers worldwide. At ISDP, the study of China’s relationship with its wider periphery ties into many of the issues central to the Institute’s work. Recognizing that relationships come from a multiplicity of sides, ISDP has designed its organization to allow for an as wide as possible array of perspectives. Through expert research, capacity building, and facilitation of dialogue ISDP delivers an active contribution to breaking down walls of misunderstanding and the promoting of beneficial linkages between policymakers in critical positions.
A Balancing Act: the 16+1 Cooperation Framework
Since 2012, the 16+1 Cooperation Framework (hereby 16+1) has been the focal point of relations between China and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). However, this initiative is marked by various asymmetries […]
Out of the “Slipstream” of Power? Australian Grand Strategy and the South China Sea Disputes
Executive Summary The following Asia Paper examines the continuing debate in Canberra as to how to address changing regional dynamics in Australian foreign policy. It argues that the South China […]
Redefining Russia’s Pivot and China’s Peripheral Diplomacy
On January 17 and 18, 2017, Dr. Niklas Swanström participated in a workshop held by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, on Russia and China and their impact on Asia […]
Creatively Managing China-Vietnam Relations in the South China Sea
Bilateral relations between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute have improved in the last couple of years as evidenced by the January summit between the two leaders. […]
How Can 2017 be a New Boost on China-Vietnam Relations over the South China Sea?
In China’s foreign relations regarding the South China Sea (SCS) Issues, Vietnam is undoubtedly one of the key countries that China has to face and need to be handled well […]
Sino-Nordic Relations: Opportunities and the Way Ahead
This report provides a study the relationships between the People’s Republic of China and the “Nordic” countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It will pay particular attention to the possibilities for joint Nordic regional cooperation to serve as basis for such relation. ISDP has assessed challenges and shortcomings to these relationships, and proposes a series of opportunities as to how China and the Nordic countries can expand upon beneficial mutual engagements whilst mitigating risks to core ideals and interests.