Much like Russia and Europe, the world sees China trying to recreate its own hegemonic position within the Indo-Pacific region.
For Stephen R. Nagy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Achilles heel of economic statecraft directed toward China in a potential conflict will be whether businesses would prioritize politics and security over profits.
These Olympics will be remembered for nationalism, a divided global community and a profound deepening of mistrust between China and much of the world.
At the onset of COVID-19, there was a shortage of PPE supplies, demonstrating the link between security issues such as pandemics and the disruption of supply chains.
Both Beijing and Moscow have sent a unified signal of dismissiveness and confidence to their domestic and international audiences and critics.
Xi’s diplomatic absence is Kishida’s opportunity to shift the diplomatic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region to favor Japan and like-minded countries’ interest.
Beijing's practice of divisionism fractures ASEAN unity, making it difficult for its members to form a common approach to China’s territorial claims.
A dangerous mix of nationalistic hubris and regime insecurity in China in tandem with an increasingly Sino-phobic United States has placed bilateral relations in a precarious position.
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should not be construed with its commitments to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The U.S. Afghan presence was pressed upon it by the 9/11 attacks.
China’s rapid militarization, its assertive behavior in the East and South China Seas and disregard for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific have not won friends in the region.