Views: 8881|Replies: 118

Can Beijing shape new Northeast Asia order? [Copy link] 中文

Rank: 4

Post time 2017-2-25 13:58:47 |Display all floors
Northeast Asian politics is encountering turbulences. The new US president is yet to put his policy toward the region in place. China and Japan are still grappling with historical and territorial disputes. The relationship between China and South Korea is chilled over the deployment of Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system. The North Korean nuclear issue is mired in a deadlock. The once manageable geopolitical situation seems quite vulnerable in the face of external influences.

Given the multiple contradictions China is facing in the region, some observers contend that it is difficult now for China to be proactive in dealing with the situation in Northeast Asia and China has to wait to react until its competitors such as the US have articulated their strategies.

This way of thinking is not surprising. For a long time, China's position seems to be passive. That is also why China often finds itself in difficult situations and lacks an overall strategy.

But, as more people desire to have better lives in the times of globalization and regional integration, positive signs are emerging in relationships between China and its neighbors. The free trade agreement (FTA) between China and South Korea has not only benefited the two peoples, but also boosted the development of the two countries. If China, Japan and South Korea can speed up negotiations on the trilateral FTA and finalize it in the near future, it will help form a strong regional community in Northeast Asia.

To realize the potentials for regional cooperation, stakeholders must dispel their mutual mistrust and engage in communication and cooperation. China can take the initiative in shaping a new order in Northeast Asia. (By Da Zhigang Source:Global Times)

First, China should try to include Japan and South Korea into its One Belt and One Road initiative as soon as possible. Japan has displayed a cautious attitude toward this initiative, and South Korea's stance is not yet clear. But the initiative can help facilitate trade between industries of the two countries and promote regional coexistence. By keeping up with the times and boosting diversity, it could also help solve regional disputes.

Second, China, Japan and South Korea can jointly build a new system of Asia-Pacific free trade area, which can serve as a model for the construction of a regional cooperative and economic community. It can create a new system of free trade and multilateral cooperation, which caters to the demand and strategic orientation of the three countries. Therefore, the three countries need to break past barriers and make compromises when necessary.

Third, the three countries can push forward tourism in Northeast Asia. The reconciliation among China, Japan and South Korea largely depends on mutual understandings between the peoples, which can be reached with the expansion of tourism cooperation. Currently, the number of tourists going back and forth among the three countries has exceeded 20 million, but the basis for multilateral cooperation is still fragile. Building a tourism community can help   break the barriers of communication between the peoples.

Last but not least, China, South Korea and Japan can promote the construction of a regional multilateral security pattern. Japan and South Korea resorted to a balancing tactic between China and the US in economy and security, but now, they openly side with the US. All parties should abandon the Cold-War thinking and create an atmosphere of strategic mutual trust. Sincere communication among the three to create a vision for the future may prove effective.



Use magic tools Report

2018 Most Popular Member 2018 Most Popular Member 2016 Most Popular Member Medal Gold Medal

Post time 2017-2-25 15:09:16 |Display all floors
Reminder: Author is prohibited or removed, and content is automatically blocked

Use magic tools Report

2018 Most Popular Member 2018 Most Popular Member 2016 Most Popular Member Medal Gold Medal

Post time 2017-2-25 15:09:51 |Display all floors
Reminder: Author is prohibited or removed, and content is automatically blocked

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2017-2-25 17:08:16 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2017-2-25 15:09
Interestingly, no mention has been made of N Korea..

Please do not impress your IGNORANCE upon others!
Probably, you do not know your origin, present location and relevant information.
Please mend your gap for goodness sake!

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2017-2-25 17:16:17 |Display all floors
US should take the lead of an active role with participation for economic growth and development, so as to ensure stability that will bring peace, progress and prosperity to humankind.
Military hardware generates revenue for US but does not live up to the words, 'IN GOD WE TRUST' on greenbacks.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2017-2-25 21:50:35 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Ted180 at 2017-2-25 22:19

To make a cooperative Asian arrangement more attractive China can do several important things. 1. Continue with internal political and economic reforms to produce an advanced liberal democracy with mixed socialism and capitalism. 2. Guarantee the democracy of Hong Kong and Taiwan and clearly renounce the use of force to reunite with Taiwan. 3. Replace the Kim government in DPRK with a proper socialist and democratic government. Remove all DPRK nuclear weapons. Drastically reduce the DPRK armed forces. Station Chinese PLA forces along the DMZ as peacekeepers. Conclude a mutual defense treaty with ROK and have all US forces removed. 4. Compromise on the Nine-Dash-Line. 5. Improve relations with Japan. Motivate Japan to end its defense treaties with the USA. (Though I am a pro-American Canadian, I think American military presence in the Pacific region near China is undesireable. China must REPLACE the US as the mature guarantor of peace in the region.)
My problem is simple: I just know better than everyone-else!

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 6Rank: 6

Post time 2017-2-26 05:37:02 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2017-2-25 15:09
Interestingly, no mention has been made of N Korea..

of course not... no reason to do so.

Use magic tools Report

You can't reply post until you log in Log in | register

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.