China’s overlap of its new air zone with that of South Kore in the East China Sea has complicated its efforts to forge closer ties with President Park Geun Hye and gives her an incentive to further strengthen relations with the U.S.
The U.S. and China are meeting this week to find ways to balance a wider flow of investment and goods as their central banks try to prevent excessive risk- taking from derailing the world’s biggest economies.
Secretary of State John Kerry ended his Asian tour with an agreement to work with China, Japan and South Korea to lure North Korea back into nuclear talks. He also left the door open for a U.S. meeting with a volatile dictator who is raising tensions in the Pacific region.
China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the U.S. when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid to “contain the military rise of another country,” it said.
North Korea and South Korea agreed today to try to revive multinational talks on the North’s nuclear-weapons program, signaling an easing of tension between the two rivals that has been an irritant to U.S.-China ties over the past year.
For more than three decades, China has been courting its neighbors to the south. Enticing the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) into closer cooperation has been a top goal of Chinese foreign policy since the days of Deng Xiaoping, and it has brought great rewards.
President Barack Obama told Chinese officials that he’s disappointed with China’s treatment of U.S. demands that Hong Kong hand over fugitive security contractor Edward Snowden, who instead was allowed to flee to Russia.
The U.S. and China agreed to work together toward persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear pursuits in a move that highlighted China’s growing frustration with a long-standing yet volatile Communist ally.