Trump's trade war with China shouldn't obscure a broader push-back against the country's mercantilist practices.
Brahma Chellaney, a longstanding contributor to The Japan Times, is a geostrategist and the author of "Asian Juggernaut" (Harper, 2010) and "Water: Asia’s New Battlefield" (Georgetown University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award. He is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
For Brahma Chellaney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Chinese territorial and maritime revisionism has made the South China Sea the world's most critical hotspot.
From large-scale dam-building to unbridled resource-exploitation, human activity is causing serious damage to Himalayan ecosystems.
Not only can the U.S. president not be blamed for America's relative decline, he may actually be set to arrest it.
Unless the U.S. adopts a stronger policy to contain Chinese expansionism there, the widely shared vision of a free, open, and democratic-led Indo-Pacific will give way to an illiberal, repressive regional order.
The main lesson for Japan from the Trump-Kim summit is that instead of relying on Washington it must directly engage North Korea.
Trump's aggressive unilateralism poses a diplomatic test for Japan and other democracies.
Trump's "America First" strategy and Xi's "Chinese dream" are founded on a common premise: that the world's two biggest powers can act in their own interest with impunity.
At a time when even U.S. allies are finding it difficult to rely on an unpredictable and capricious Trump administration, Kim's strategy will likely seek to safeguard his nuclear "crown jewels" for the time being.
Japanese and Indian efforts to improve relations with Beijing work to China's advantage