By demonstrating a willingness to cooperate despite their fundamental differences, Biden and Xi can reassure the global community that cooler heads have prevailed in both countries.
For Minxin Pei's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
At the ideological level, a U.S. election meltdown featuring bitter political clashes and endless litigation would be a propaganda bonanza for the Chinese Communist Party.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation last month for health reasons has raised many questions about the legacy of the country’s longest-serving premier. One of them is whether his successor, Yoshihide Suga, will be able to continue Abe’s geopolitical balancing act as tensions ...
The U.K.'s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G networks is only the latest diplomatic setback for China.
The Chinese Communist Party is firmly convinced that the world is a Hobbesian place where long-term survival depends solely on raw power.
Chinese diplomats have long had a reputation as well-trained, colorless and cautious professionals who pursue their missions doggedly without attracting much unfavorable attention. But a new crop of younger diplomats are ditching established diplomatic norms in favor of aggressively promoting China’s self-serving COVID-19 narrative. ...
The worst is yet to come, as Chinese leaders' efforts to enforce full political control over the city meet fierce local resistance.
Bilateral relations are unlikely to survive the U.S. and Chinese leaders' responses to the pandemic.
Mutual anger over COVID-19 will make co-existence difficult, but the alternative is worse.
Barely a month ago, China was in the grip of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of new infections were confirmed every day. Hospitals were overwhelmed. People were dying by the hundreds. People couldn’t leave their homes. But the government’s draconian lockdown seems to have ...