Much of the fiery rhetoric about the "China threat" theory in the US, including analysis of some important research institutes, is based on the notion that the East Asian country has a strategy of expanding its sphere of influence in a bid to supplant the US.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar over the weekend saw the two neighboring countries clinching 33 agreements to tighten their economic integration with one another.
Students of history would be aware of the term ‘Silk Route’ that figures among the early written material connecting the eastern world with the West. Since then travelogues etched in history have been reconnecting the dots.
There is a debate among geopolitical commentators about the merits and even intentions of Chinese engagement in Africa. Some suggest the Chinese seek to undermine democracy; others accuse China of saddling the continent with decades of ultimately un-repayable debt; few seem to believe that China genuinely has the interests of Africa at heart. And almost no one in the international community cares to ask the views of Africans themselves.
India opted out from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the 3rd RCEP summit held in Bangkok in November 2019, at least until some of its core concerns are addressed.