Xi Jinping

Will virus-hit Belt and Road grind to a halt?

As of 16 March 2020, over 100,000 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Globally, more than 6,000 deaths have been recorded. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic, which has resulted in lockdowns of countries and cities such as Italy and Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

16 March 2020

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping’s greatest challenge yet

The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. Individuals and families across China are living in fear. Multiple Chinese provinces are under virtual lockdown. The virus has brought significant parts of the economy to a grinding halt, as firms instruct their employees to work from home.

15 February 2020

Five highlights from Davos 2020

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the world's political and business elites heard dire predictions over the perils of global warming while fretting how this could hurt their re-election prospects or bottom lines.Here are five highlights from the 50th anniversary meeting of the world's biggest get-together of the economic and business elite.Most explosive non-meetingThe biggest standoff of Davos 2020 was between two people who never physically met: United States (US) Presid

26 January 2020

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to usher in a "new era" of ties with Myanmar after a red-carpet welcome Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Myanmar fighter jets escorted Xi's plane as it touched down in Naypyidaw where children presented him with flowers, according to China's official Xinhua news agency, as he was whisked off to a greeting party.

18 January 2020

Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits China border state

Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare trip to a region bordering China days before President Xi Jinping is expected to push for controversial port and dam projects during a visit to the country.Wearing traditional ethnic attire, Suu Kyi danced with a street procession on Friday in northern Kachin state's capital Myitkyina, a day after supporters cheered her arrival at the airport.She urged a crowd of thousands to "focus on the present" and called for peace in the remote

11 January 2020

Hong Kong says no to China dream

At the beginning of his satirical novel China Dream, which has a cover designed by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Ma Jian expresses his gratitude to George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm. Orwell, he says, “foretold it all.”Ma, whose work is banned in China and who lives in exile in London, is of course reflecting on Orwell’s warnings about the threat of a totalitarian future in which dictatorships brainwash people.

30 November 2019

Xi: China wants US trade deal

China wants to reach an initial trade deal with the United States (US), President Xi Jinping said Friday, but is "not afraid" to fight back when necessary and will enact economic reforms at its own pace. It is rare for Xi to speak so directly about the trade war and his comments come two days after US President Donald Trump complained that Beijing had not made sufficient concessions so far, making him reluctant to conclude a bargain.The world's two biggest economies ha

23 November 2019

Should ASEAN join the Blue Dot Network?

The unveiling of the United States’ (US) Blue Dot Network raises several questions about the country’s commitment to ASEAN after signs of fading interest in the region.Seen as a counterbalance to China’s extensive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Blue Dot Network aims to promote sustainable infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

16 November 2019

How China can reach its centennial goal

Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist country” with an advanced economy. To achieve this ambitious goal, China will need to secure another three decades of strong economic performance and inclusive development. The question is how?The first step toward answering this question is to understand what has driven China’s past successes.

20 October 2019

Xi gives grim warning against splitting China

President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in "bodies smashed and bones ground to powder", amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong.Xi issued the dire message during a weekend visit to Nepal, according to a foreign ministry statement released on Sunday."Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder," Xi said, according to the ministry."Any external for

14 October 2019

Partial US-China trade deal 

A partial United States (US)-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success.Friday's initial agreement – which included increasing US farm product purchases, and also covers intellectual property, financial services and currencies – finally breaks an 18-month trade spat.Engulfed in an impeachment inquiry, US President Donald Trump heralded the deal as a

13 October 2019

Living with a superpower

Emphasising peaceful development, Chinese President Xi Jinping used his speech at today’s 70th National Day military parade in Beijing to remind the world of its rise as a global superpower.“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said.“No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead.”For the past 70 years, this has largely been true – and ASEAN has learnt to live with that.The People’s Republic of China was created on 1 October, 194

1 October 2019