The foreign policy strategy emerging from China’s new leadership may include a series of incremental steps calibrated to blunt U.S. influence across Asia and sow doubt about America’s commitment to its allies in the region.
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden called on China as a rising economic power to act responsibly and said its escalation of a territorial spat with Japan had caused significant apprehension throughout Asia.
China offered Japan talks on the safety of aircraft in overlapping air defense zones after U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden urged Asia’s top two economies to set up channels for resolving their disputes.
China’s escalation in its challenge to Japan’s administration of islands near Taiwan reflects an effort to gain greater command of the air and seas in the western Pacific as it builds itself into a maritime power.
Vice President Joseph Biden arrives in Japan today on a trip to demonstrate the American commitment to the Asia-Pacific and defuse tensions over a Chinese air defense zone that drew criticism from the U.S. and its allies.
China sent planes over a new air defense zone off its eastern coast for a second day, asserting Communist Party leaders’ determination to enforce control over the area after challenges from the U.S., Japan and South Korea.
There is a “large gap” between China’s military and the needs of national security, the deputy head of the Communist Party’s top military body said in comments on the country’s latest reform proposals.
Chinese President Xi Jinping put his most personal stamp yet on sweeping policy shifts in the world’s second-largest economy, ushering the end of a decade of consensus-based decision-making that saw reforms stagnate.