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.
Legal Constraints of China’s BRI: The Case of Myanmar
Summary There are many consequences of China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. Amongst the least appreciated are the legal implications that arise from its investments. In Myanmar, one of the […]
Another Fishing Incident. Now What?
Link to originally published article On the early morning of April 2, a Vietnam-flagged fishing boat was spotted by a China Coast Guard vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel […]
China’s Evolving North Korea Policy
Introduction* It would seem common sense that China’s policies seldom change due to its complexity, rigidity, and size of decision-making system. Therefore, policies should be characterized more by continuity than […]
A China-Turkey Reboot? Erdogan and Xi Meet in Beijing
Main Points: • On a state visit to meet with President Xi Jinping, Turkish President Erdoğan discussed ways to deepen cooperation between the two countries. • This exchange comes immediately […]
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
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 Sea (SCS) […]