Discussing “China’s Voice” #2 (钟声)

On the eve of the next Belt and Road Summit, “China’s Voice” (18th April, 2019) presents the Chinese view on the current course of events. As can be imagined, the perspective offered is a very positive and optimistic one. Against the backdrop of unilateralism and economic protectionism, China advocates global economic interdependence. Belt and Road…


Discussing “China’s Voice” (钟声)

The latest commentary on international relations published by “People’s Daily” (4th April 2019) and titled “China’s Voice” (homophone Zhong means Zhongguo – China, sheng means voice) discusses the issue of cooperation between nations. While preparing for the Asian Civilization conference in Beijing (May 2019), the Chinese authorities decided to renew the narrative of China’s peaceful…


FocusOSA #22: Vietnam: Foreign Affairs

Recently Vietnam has played an active role in Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum meeting. At present the organisation, established in 1993, includes 27 countries of the region and the government in Hanoi has been enhancing its diplomatic activity within the framework of the APPF since it joined the group. Forum meeting has been the second event…


FocusOSA #17: China: Foreign Affairs

Filling the gap left by the West: Chinese infrastructure investments overseas Beijing’s economic diplomacy continues to focus on acquiring infrastructure, stakes in logistics and shipping companies and expanding ports overseas. In this regard Chinese private and state-owned enterprises operate under the umbrella of the Belt and Road not only because they are required to execute a top-down…


FocusOSA #14: Vietnam: Foreign Affairs

Representatives of the Mekong river basin, meeting within the framework of Lancang Mekong Cooperation initiative, focused primarily on a few issues  which are  to catalyse further co-operation. Ministers of Foreign Affairs  stated that establishing LMC national secretariats, which will be responsible for implementing plans at a national level, is required. Also, it is necessary to…


FocusOSA #11: Japan: Foreign Affairs

Comments on November APEC summit in Vietnam imply intensification of the dialogue on security issues in Asia and Pacific region. The theme of the summit is the problem of a growing nuclear threat from North Korea. At the summit Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzō, participated in a series of unofficial meetings with the leaders…


FocusOSA #7: China: Foreign Affairs

The 6th annual summit of „16+1” leaders, hosting China and countries of  Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) took place in Budapest on 27 November 2017. In the statement issued after the summit, particular emphasis was placed on achieving greater synergy between EU and Chinese projects in the CEE e.g. by means of the EU-China Connectivity…


FocusOSA #5: Japan: Foreign Affairs

Recently one of the most important issues related to Japanese foreign policy is a question of how much the result of recent parliamentary elections will affect the debate on the security strategy and constitutional revision. Despite falling support rates and the involvement of LDP’s leading politicians in numerous scandals, the ruling coalition has maintained dominance….


FocusOSA #4: Vietnam: Foreign Affairs

At the Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy, held at the end of October in Rangoon, the issue of sustainable and fair use of the Mekong River resources was discussed. So far none of the existing formulas such as the Mekong River Commission, the Greater Mekong Subregion, a Chinese proposal i.e. Lancang Cooperation…