East Asia: China / Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) / Japan / Mongolia / Republic of Korea (ROK)
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.
China's non-financial investment in countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) reached 12.78 billion US dollars during the first 11 months of 2019, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
The Treasury Department is proposing that the Trump administration revive twice-yearly talks with China to discuss the economic relationship between the countries, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
China has temporarily blocked planned cross-border listings between the Shanghai and London stock exchanges because of political tensions with Britain, five sources told Reuters.
Even Western media outlets skeptical about or even opposed to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have to admit that its progress has helped spread the country's influence - the major cause of the West's anxiety.
As this year marks the 20th anniversary of China-Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) cooperation, the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders' meeting offers a catalyst to further build consensus and advance ties to a higher level.
China, Japan and South Korea will actively push for the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement in 2020 and accelerate the negotiating pace of the China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement, their top economic and trade officials said in Beijing on Sunday (Dec 22) at their 12th Economic and Trade Minister's meeting.
Beijing’s bold steps to globalize the yuan, such as its launch of yuan-denominated crude oil futures and its highly anticipated issuance of a digital currency, are in the limelight.